About Endocrine System
The endocrine system is made up of different glands which release hormones. Hormones, chemical messengers in the body, play a role in several functions. They regulate digestion, control sexual characteristics and reproduction, initiate growth, increase alertness, relieve stress, and much more. If hormones aren’t produced or processed properly, other organs may not be able to function. For example, diabetes, when the pancreas cannot produce insulin properly, can cause damage to the eyes, kidneys, nervous system, heart, and blood vessels. Other endocrine conditions can affect growth, sexual and reproductive abilities, weight regulation, and mood.
TrialNET Pathway to Prevention - Ages 2½ - 17
Are you the parent of a child aged 2 ½-17 who has a relative with type 1 diabetes? Your child may be able to take part in a research study to learn more about the development of type 1 diabetes in children who have a family member with the disease. Children found to be at an increased risk for type 1 diabetes may qualify for additional research studies aimed at preventing or delaying the disease.