Endocrine diseases occur with the body's endocrine system does not function properly.
The body's endocrine system comprises a network of glands that produce and release hormones.
Producing and releasing the body's hormones help control essential body functions.
Their functions include the body's ability to change calories into energy that powers cells and organs.
The endocrine system influences how the body's heart beats, how bones and tissues grow, and even the ability to make a baby.
The endocrine system plays a vital role if your body develops diabetes, growth disorders, thyroid disease, sexual dysfunction, and other hormone disorders.
PITUITARY GLAND DISEASES
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The body's digestive system comprises the gastrointestinal tract (GI), liver, pancreas, and gallbladder.
The gastrointestinal tract helps the body digest food.
Digestion is essential for breaking down food into nutrients, which your body uses for energy, growth, and cell repair.
Some digestive diseases and conditions are acute, lasting only briefly, while others are chronic or long-lasting.
The body's brain, spinal cord, and nerves make up the nervous system.
The nervous system enables the body to move, speak, swallow, breathe, and learn.
If the body experiences a neurological disease, it is categorized by the primary location affected.
CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY DEMYELINATING POLYNEUROPATHY
Rheumatological diseases occur when your body has joints, tendons, or skin inflammation.
Most Rheumatological diseases happen when your immune system malfunctions and attacks its own tissues.
Medical experts are not sure why numerous rheumatological diseases occur.
Rheumatological diseases seem to affect a higher number of women than men.
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In the United States, a rare disease is a condition affecting fewer than 200,000 people.
This is the definition the United States Congress created in 1983 with the Orphan Drug Act.
Other countries have their official definitions of a rare disease.
In the European Union, a rare disease is defined when it affects fewer than 1 in 2,000 people.
There may be more than 7,000 rare diseases.
The total number of Americans living with a rare disease is 25-30 million.
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WHAT IS A CHRONIC ILLNESS?
Click on the following link to find Autoimmune Disease Resources.
The Autoimmune Disease Resources are from the American Autoimmune Related Diseases and the National Institutes of Health.
You may also find Patient Assisting Organization Patient Resources helpful.
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