I. Overview of the Endocrine Functions. Metabolism Control of food intake and digestion Tissue maturation Ion regulation Water balance Heart rate and blood pressure regulation Control of blood glucose and other nutrients Control of reproductive functions
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1. light inhibits pineal secretion of melatonin
2. dark stimulates pineal’s secretion of melatonin
3. animals that breed in spring experience increased day length and decreased melatonin secretion-reproductive structures hypertrophy
-use as a sleep aid
-earlier onset of puberty