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What do glands do?

Glands create hormones and release them into the bloodstream to be carried all over the body. Glands release hormones in the right amounts whenever the body's cells need them. The different types of glands in the human body have different functions. For example, the pituitary gland is only the size of a pea, but it makes loads of different hormones, like those that help people grow. The pituitary gland controls a lot of other glands, telling them when to make and release their hormones. The parathyroid glands are in the neck and make hormones that control the amount of calcium in the body. Glands are found all over the body, including the head, neck and stomach.

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