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How do endocrine system diseases affect the body?

Endocrine system diseases can interfere with any of the body's most important metabolic systems. Addison's disease, a disease in which the adrenal glands fail to produce enough of the stress hormone cortisol, can cause decreases in appetite, weight loss, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and can even lead to adrenal crisis and death if the body undergoes significant physiological stress. Other endocrine system diseases include hypothyroidism, diabetes, and Cushing's syndrome, all of which have a profound effect on the body.

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