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Health Information For Kids
“Are your glands swollen?”
“She has a gland problem.”
When people talk about glands, what do they mean? The answer is many different things. Glands are important organs, you have a variety of them all over your body, and though many of them are small, each produces something important.
Some glands make something that is released from the body — like saliva, sweat, or tears. And if you’re a girl, the mammary glands in your breasts could someday make breast milk to feed a baby.
Other glands release hormones (say: HOR-mones), which are substances inside your body that tell it how to work and how to grow. Glands that do this are part of the endocrine (say: EN-doh-krin) system. Puberty — body changes that turn a kid into an adult — depend on the endocrine system.
Still other things that we call “glands” are part of your immune (say: ih-MYOON) system. They release substances that help you fight off illnesses and, if you are sick, help you get better. When you have a bad cold and your neck glands are swollen, that is your immune system in action.
Do you know just how important the thyroid is? It helps you grow and affects your energy level.
Diabetes is a disease that affects how the body uses glucose, a sugar that is the body’s main source of fuel. Find out more about a kind of diabetes called type 2 diabetes in this article for kids.
Thousands of kids all over the world have type 1 diabetes, a disease that affects how the body uses glucose.
Voice cracking? Clothes don’t fit? Puberty can be a confusing time, but learning about it doesn’t have to be. Read all about it in this article for kids.
Take this quiz about the endocrine system, the system that produces hormones.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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