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Hormones in the Endocrine & Urinary Systems - Chapter Summary
This chapter provides a general overview of the endocrine system, the endocrine glands and the hormones associated with them. You'll learn about endocrine feedback loops, the pancreas and its work to produce insulin and how hormones control blood sugar levels. These lessons also explain how healthy water balance and hydration is essential to proper body function.
Additional lessons will introduce the basic functions of the liver and kidneys. You'll also learn what ADH is and how it works inside the body, as well as how dialysis is used and how the hormones thyroxine and adrenaline function. After reviewing this lesson, you should understand:
- How the islets of Langerhans within the pancreas control blood sugar
- How dehydration affects the body
- Which vital functions the liver performs
- What ADH stands for and what it means
- How peritoneal dialysis cleans the blood
- What happens to the body if the thyroid isn't functioning properly
- How adrenaline affects the organs of the body when released
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1. Hormones: Definition, Function & Intro to the Endocrine System
This lesson introduces the endocrine system and provides a brief overview of each endocrine gland. It also provides the definition of hormones and describes their general function inside the body.
2. Feedback Loops in the Endocrine System
Your endocrine system regulates many important bodily functions. To do this, it relies on a constant source of information from chemical messengers in your body. This feedback is essential to proper cellular function, most of which goes on without you even noticing.
3. Pancreas: Functions, Anatomy & Insulin Production
The islets of Langerhans within your pancreas produce the hormones insulin and glucagon. In this lesson, you will learn how these hormones regulate your blood sugar level in opposite ways.
4. Homeostasis of Glucose Levels: Hormonal Control and Diabetes
In this lesson, we'll look at how the body uses hormones to maintain homeostasis of blood glucose levels, what happens in people who have diabetes, and how diabetics can manage their disease.
5. Water Balance in the Body: Healthy Intake & Output
Keeping our bodies hydrated is essential for physical and mental performance. Without it, we will suffer from brain fog, make poor decisions, and even be unable to perform simple physical tasks. Learn more about water balance in the body in this lesson.
6. Liver: Structure & Function
Your liver is a big organ with big jobs. It sits on the right-hand side of your body and helps out with many different tasks that keep you healthy, such as cleaning your blood, storing energy, and making bile and cholesterol.
7. Kidneys: Structure, Function & Medical Vocabulary
We will cover some basic terms associated with the formation of urine. Then we will delve into the structures that make up the kidneys and how each structure functions.
8. What is ADH? - Definition & Function
Learn what ADH stands for and what it means. We will take a look into the function of ADH in the body as well as factors that can alter its function in the body. There is a short quiz to follow.
9. What Is Peritoneal Dialysis? - Definition, Procedure & Complications
Peritoneal dialysis is one method used to manually clean the blood after the kidneys fail and can no longer do the job. Read more to learn about the different types of peritoneal dialysis, how it works, and what complications can occur.
10. Thyroxine: Definition & Function
In this lesson, we'll look into the function of the thyroid gland, how the hormone thyroxine works to stimulate your body's metabolism, and what can happen if the thyroid gland and its hormones don't function properly.
11. Adrenaline: Definition & Effects
In this lesson, we will explore the hormone adrenaline to learn what it is, where it is produced, and what it does to the organ systems of your body when it is released.
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