The human endocrine system comprises of several glands that produce innumerable hormones which are necessary for the human body to function properly. The endocrine system comprises of the thyroid gland, pituitary gland, hypothalamus, pineal gland, adrenal gland, parathyroid and essentially all the endocrine glands.

To understand the significance of human endocrine system, you will have to note the functions that each of those glands perform and what importance the hormones secreted by the endocrine system have for the human body.

  • Many hormones secreted by the endocrine system are directly related to growth of the human body. Hormones control the height of a person, hair growth and development of all bodily organs. The hormones determine how well built, how tall, how healthy one would grow to be and how well formed and functional the bodily organs or vital organs will be once fully developed.
  • The endocrine system produces hormones that are directly responsible for the metabolic activity in the body. From the digestion of the foods to the absorption of the nutrients by the blood, from the circulation of the nutrients in the blood to their absorption in all parts of the body, the endocrine system has some role or the other to play in the whole process. Naturally, with the endocrine system malfunctioning or if there are inadequate secretion of the necessary hormones then the entire metabolic system can be adversely affected.
  • The endocrine system controls tissue functions. If your tissues would be healthy and strong, if they will be vulnerable to damage or inflammation, if they can heal faster or if they will be regenerated quickly and if the target cells meant to absorb the hormones circulated through the blood will be able to do so are all controlled by the endocrine system.
  • The endocrine system regulates the reproductive system, rather the functioning of the reproductive organs. Both, male and female hormones are generated and managed by the endocrine system. As a result, the reproductive system or even the sexual preferences, sexual activity and the ability of a person to procreate will depend on the endocrine system.
  • People suffering from mood swings, being bogged down by anxiety or stress and even lacking sex drive or feeling frustrated and depressed have the hormones to blame. The endocrine system controls all the hormones that are responsible for such emotions or the lack of it.
  • Hormonal imbalance which is a broad classification of various types of hormonal disorders is caused by the endocrine system. The pituitary gland is responsible to maintain the balance in hormonal activity throughout the body which ensures stability or a normal healthy body. If this gland fails to do its job then there can be innumerable untoward consequences and health problems. From hyperthyroid to menopause, all are consequences of the endocrine system not functioning at it normally should.

The endocrine system is a quintessential and one of the most integral vital systems of the human body. Its importance cannot be overstated.