The parathyroid glands are located in the thyroid and produce a hormone called parathyroid hormone, also known as parathormone.
The function of this hormone is to increase blood levels of calcium by removing it from bone. Increased blood calcium is needed, short term, for many normal physiological processes such as an immune system response (calcium spindles operate phagocytosis).
Pathology of the parathyroid glands can lead to osteoporosis.
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