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.
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.
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.
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.
Visit our Patient Zone
Patients are at the heart of everything we do to improve endocrinology research, diagnosis and treatment across Europe. Visit our Patient Zone to find resources for patients and information about our partnerships with patient organisations.
10 Recommendations for Good Hormone Health
For European Hormone Day 2023, ESE and the ESE Foundation published 10 Recommendations for Good Hormone Health. This includes simple actions each of us can take to ensure better hormonal health.
Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals
Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) are substances that mimic, block or interfere with hormones in the body’s endocrine system. EDCs are found in everyday consumer items including detergents, flame retardants, food additives, children’s toys, sunscreen, textiles, anti-bacterial soaps, cosmetics, plastic bottles, metal food cans and pesticides. Research suggests that EDCs can have a major effect on health and disease.
After two successful events in 2022 and 2023, European Hormone Day will be back on 24 April 2024. This event brings together the endocrine community to raise awareness of the importance of good hormone health – #BecauseHormonesMatter! Watch this space for details on how to get involved.