Chapter 9 The Endocrine System. Functions of Endocrine System. Second messenger system of the body Uses chemical messages (hormones) that are released into the blood Hormones control several major processes Reproduction Growth and development Mobilization of body defenses
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Hormonal Stimuli of Endocrine Glands
- changing blood levels of certain ions stimulate hormone release
- activated by other hormones
Most endocrine organs operate smoothly until old age, but here are some changes: