Hormones are chemical messengers in the body that travel through the bloodstream to specific receptors on cells throughout the body where they elicit a response. Hormones play a key role in many physiologic processes, including metabolism, blood pressure regulation, blood glucose regulation, growth and development, reproduction, the sleep-wake cycle, and mood. This lesson provides a brief overview of key pediatric hormonal disorders:

  • Type 1 diabetes mellitus
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism
  • Growth hormone deficiency
  • Hyperpituitarism
  • Congenital adrenal hyperplasia

Dive deeper into diabetes with episode 305

Get more details about hyperthyroidism in episode 61.

Expand your knowledge about hypothyroidism in episode 58.

Learn more about adrenal disorders in episode 77.

Read the article Pediatric Endocrine Disorders and view references here.

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