Metabolism refers to all of the chemical processes that take place in
the body, such as the burning of natural sugar substances (such as glucose) in
the body for energy. The endocrine system controls the body's hormones, such as
It is possible that more rapid breakdown of cartilage in joints is
partly due to a metabolic problem. In osteoarthritis, cartilage breakdown
occurs more rapidly than cartilage repair.
Examples of metabolic and endocrine conditions that can lead to
April 8, 2011
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
& Stanford M. Shoor, MD - Rheumatology
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