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What is a hormone? 

A hormone is a chemical messenger, produced by glands of the endocrine system. When the hormone is released by glands, it travels through the bloodstream to tissues and organs. Then it tells organs and tissues what to do and how to function. Simply, a hormone is a communication tool in the body. The body produces about 50 different types of hormones everyday. 

What does the endocrine system regulate in the body? 

The endocrine system regulates many of the body’s functions. 

  • Respiration
  • Metabolism
  • Reproduction
  • Blood pressure
  • Appetite
  • Heart rate
  • Sleep cycles
  • Body temperature
  • Sensory perception – hearing, vision, taste, smell, etc.
  • Movement
  • Sexual development
  • Growth, etc

When the glands don’t produce the right amount of hormones, it can affect many aspects of your lifes and also can develop diseases.