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Eating disorders and hormones

Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder can influence hormone levels causing physical and psychological problems. Unhealthy eating styles can affect hormones that regulate metabolism, fertility and pregnancy.

Empty sella syndrome

Empty sella syndrome appears as a flattened or shrunken pituitary gland in scans taken of the brain. Most patients have no symptoms, and generally no treatment is required. If hormone deficiencies are present, replacement therapy is important.

Endometrial cancer

Endometrial cancer is a form of cancer that originates from the tissue that lines the womb. This tissue is called the endometrium.

Eating disorders

Eating disorders refer to unhealthy eating habits, which cause psychological and physical damage but can be treated in many cases.

Erythropoietin

Erythropoietin is a hormone, produced mainly in the kidneys, which stimulates the production and maintenance of red blood cells.

echocardiogram

an ultrasound scan of the heart showing its structure and function.

Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a condition in women where the lining of the womb grows outside of the womb causing scar tissue and painful monthly periods.

ejaculation

the process by which sperm and seminal fluid is expelled from the male urethra (via the penis) during an orgasm.

excrete

to expel a substance from the body. Excretion is the process by which a substance is expelled from the body.


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