Endocrine Glands of the Upper Torso

The endocrine system of the upper abdomen and chest has only one major set of glands: the thymus. The thymus is a gland that forms part of the immune system; it produces the body's T-lymphocytes, also called T cells. The heart and the adipose tissue within the chest also secrete some important hormones: the heart produces peptides, which help regulate blood pressure, while the adipose tissue secretes hormones which regulate appetite and metabolism.


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