Hormones Australia is an initiative of the Endocrine Society of Australia (ESA). Its purpose is to increase awareness and provide information about hormones and how they affect the body, as well as information about common hormone-related conditions.
The Endocrine Society of Australia is the national authority and peak body for the treatment of endocrine related conditions and disease, and a specialist society of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP).
Men are getting pretty good at looking after their own health. Over the last 10-20 years in Australia, male life expectancy has increased to over 80 years1. There are fewer deaths from heart disease, bowel and prostate cancer1, and more males have stopped smoking cigarettes2 or drinking alcohol on a daily basis2. These figures are very reassuring...
Approaching the end of my reproductive years, I like to think menopause will simply mean the end of my periods and with it, the end of the monthly lottery of cramps, mood changes and/or feeling a little less than human. Then I hear stories about women who go through menopause and experience an entirely new suite of disturbing symptoms – hot flushes, sweats, weight gain, sleeplessness and a general intolerance towards everyone around them...
The Endocrine System
The endocrine system is the body’s communication network. It is made up of specialised glands, which make and release hormones into the blood.
Hormones are chemical messengers that travel through the blood to different parts of the body. They are signals that tell the body to act in a certain way. Hormones are recognised by their target receptors in a “lock and key” system. Each hormone (key) fits exactly into its receptor (lock). Only those parts of the body that have the receptor (lock) can respond to the hormone (key). This is why hormones affect some parts of the body, but have no effect on others.
When Should You See An Endocrinologist?
Endocrinologists are doctors who specialise in the endocrine system.
They are medical experts who care for people affected by a wide range of conditions caused by problems with glands and hormones.
Hormones affect every single cell in the body.
280 Australians develop diabetes EVERY DAY (one every 5 minutes).
Osteoporosis affects over 1 million Australians.
Both estrogen and testosterone are important for male and female health.