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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).

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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.

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When Should You See An Endocrinologist?

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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.

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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.

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Sleep disturbances in women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

By |September 13th, 2019|Categories: Endocrine Diseases, Lifestyle, Research Updates|Tags: , , , |

By A/Prof Lisa Moran and Dr Lin Mo         Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition affecting up to 13% of reproductive-aged women. It is diagnosed based on ovulatory problems, hormonal imbalances or ultrasound imaging of the [...]

Does hormone therapy really increase breast cancer risk?

By |September 5th, 2019|Categories: Drugs & Therapies, Research Updates|Tags: , , , |

For women taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT), it is hard not to worry after new reports of a link found between hormone replacement therapy and breast cancer. So is this true? And what does this mean for women currently taking [...]

Young Investigator recognised for research investigating muscle loss with cancer

By |August 30th, 2019|Categories: Community, Endocrine Diseases|Tags: , , , , |

Last week in Sydney, Australia’s leading hormones experts came together for the Endocrine Society of Australia’s (ESA’s) annual scientific meeting. During this three-and-a-half-day event, endocrinologists and researchers shared their knowledge and work investigating hormones, the hormone system and the treatment [...]

Delayed sleep: implications and practical interventions

By |August 8th, 2019|Categories: Drugs & Therapies, Lifestyle|Tags: , , , |

Going to bed each night, and especially the time at which we do so, is much more biologically determined than we realise, and is not always a simple matter of conscious choice...

Why does my blood glucose level rise in the morning?

By |July 19th, 2019|Categories: Endocrine Diseases, Lifestyle|Tags: , , , |

A high blood glucose (sugar) level first thing in the morning can be very confusing. Especially if you have been taking your diabetes medication and following your dietary plan. Here we explain some of the reasons why morning blood glucose [...]

Understanding Type 2 Diabetes

By |July 16th, 2019|Categories: Endocrine Diseases, Lifestyle|Tags: , , |

Every 5 minutes, one person is diagnosed with diabetes in Australia. That’s 280 more people with diabetes every day. Around 1.2 million Australians have diabetes. Around half a million more Australians are estimated to have undiagnosed diabetes. Leaving diabetes undiagnosed [...]

Delayed sleep: implications and practical interventions

By |August 8th, 2019|Categories: Drugs & Therapies, Lifestyle|Tags: , , , |

Going to bed each night, and especially the time at which we do so, is much more biologically determined than we realise, and is not always a simple matter of conscious choice...

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