Our endocrine system is made up of a network of different glands, each responsible for producing and releasing hormones in our body that control many important body functions. Releasing too much or too little hormone can lead to an endocrine disorder or disease. Some of these include:

  • diabetes
  • pituitary, thyroid and adrenal diseases
  • obesity
  • growth disorders
  • male sexual dysfunction
  • tumors

Diabetes is one of the fastest-growing health problems in North Carolina. Currently, nearly 1 in 10 adults has diabetes, and it is estimated that one-third of people with diabetes go undiagnosed. Only 60 percent of adults in North Carolina had a screening blood test for diabetes in the past three years. Diabetes is a costly disease that can lead to heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, and lower limb amputations. It can affect pregnancy and cause birth defects as well.

Some of the warning signs for diabetes include:

  • increased thirst
  • frequent urination
  • increased hunger
  • rapid weight loss
  • fatigue
  • blurred vision

If you notice any of these warning signs, please contact your physician for a simple diabetes blood test.