Endocrine system

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What is your endocrine system?

The endocrine system is made up of all the hormones your body needs to function. Hormones are chemical messengers, which help control everything from your metabolism to your growth and development. 

Your hormone levels change through different stages of life, like puberty, pregnancy, and older age. Hormonal disorders happen when the endocrine system stops working properly.

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Cushing’s syndrome

Cushing’s syndrome is caused when there’s too much of a hormone called cortisol in the body. The most common cause is from taking steroid medication for extended periods. Read about the symptoms and treatments.


Diabetes, or diabetes mellitus, is a condition where your blood sugar levels are too high. This can cause you to need the toilet a lot and feeling thirsty. Read on to learn more.

Gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes which occurs during pregnancy. It is characterised by high blood sugar. Read more about how it's treated and managed.


Lipoedema is an abnormal buildup of fat that most commonly happens in the legs and, less commonly, arms. Discover the symptoms and what you can do to help the condition.


Menopause is the natural process where a woman’s periods stop due to low oestrogen levels. This causes symptoms that can impact daily life, but it can be managed with simple lifestyle changes and medications

Overactive thyroid

An overactive thyroid (or hyperthyroidism) is when your thyroid gland produces too much of the hormone thyroxine. This can lead to a variety of symptoms including weight loss, diarrhoea, fatigue and anxiety. Treatment will depend on the cause but in most cases it’s very treatable.


Prediabetes is a condition in which you have raised blood sugar levels. These levels aren’t quite high enough to be classed as type 2 diabetes. Read on to find out more.

Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a condition that causes your blood sugar (known as glucose) levels to become too high. This often makes you thirsty and causes you to pee more than usual. We explain the symptoms of type 2 diabetes and how to treat it.

Underactive thyroid

An underactive thyroid (or hypothyroidism) is when your thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones. Although it can have serious complications if left untreated, treatment is very effective and most people will live a normal life.