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Information and resources about hormone health and endocrinology for members of the public.

Hormones matter to everyone

Many people have an idea of what hormones are, but do not really know what hormones do or how individuals can improve their endocrine (hormone) health.

ESE works with many medical professionals, patient groups and national endocrine societies to improve diagnosis and treatment. This includes raising awareness of the vital role hormones play in health and disease. For example, our videos below provide information about why hormones matter and what you can do to improve your hormone health.

We also have infographics that explain Why Hormones Matter and suggest 10 Recommendations for Good Hormone Health.

The annual European Hormone Day focuses on raising public awareness. You can join in on social media using the hashtag #BecauseHormonesMatter. Keep an eye out for activities led by national societies and patient groups in your area! 

Whether you or someone close to you is affected by endocrine-related disease, or you're just curious about the world of endocrinology, here you will find information and resources about hormones and endocrinology.

And if you have any questions about hormones or endocrinology, please contact us.

What are hormones and why do they matter?

Hormones are biological messengers that travel throughout the body, telling cells and tissues what to do. When they are out of balance or fail, this can lead to the development of prevalent chronic diseases such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, cancer, osteoporosis and obesity, and other health challenges such as infertility. There are also more than 400 rare endocrine conditions that affect millions of people in Europe, but often go undetected.  

To learn more about endocrinology and the endocrine system, watch the video (right) which was prepared for European Hormone Day 2023.

What is endocrinology?

Endocrinology is the study of hormones, which are essential for health and wellbeing. In this patient information video, some of our clinical experts discuss the role of the endocrine system and organs in health and disease.

You can find more information about specific areas of endocrinology in our Focus Areas.

Raising awareness
European Hormone Day 2024

After two successful events in 2022 and 2023, European Hormone Day returned on 24 April 2024. This event brought together the endocrine community to raise awareness of the importance of good hormone health – #BecauseHormonesMatter! 

Find out more about the campaign and how we're keeping the momentum going.

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