Consider the following statistics, as they relate to the endocrine system:
About 210,000 people with acute pancreatitis are admitted to hospitals in the United States each year.
The American Diabetes Association estimates that about 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes. It's one of the most expensive diseases in the U.S, with an annual cost of $245 billion.
Osteoporosis affects 40 million people in the U.S.. It causes 2 million broken bones every year, with related treatment costs of $19 billion, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation.
Hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid) affects nearly 5% of the U.S. population over age 12. It occurs much more frequently in women than in men. It's also more likely to happen in people over 60 years of age.
Hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid) affects about 1% of the U.S. population. It occurs more frequently in women, and prevalence increases with age.
About 210,000 people with acute pancreatitis are admitted to hospitals in the U.S. each year.
Hyperparathyroidism, in which the parathyroid is overactive, affects about 100,000 adults in the U.S.
Addison's disease and Cushing's syndrome are rare diseases that involve the adrenal glands.