If you think puberty is all hormones are good for, think again! Hormones are incredibly important in many of our body’s biological processes, and Patrick has broken it all down for you in this episode.
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Hormones are involved in how we deal with stress; triggering our immune systems; and steroids.
And hormones are so much more than just the two you’re likely most familiar with: testosterone and estrogen.
Hormones are any number of chemical messengers that get secreted by glands, travel through the bloodstream, and have an effect on cells with receptors for that particular hormone all around the body.
In your body’s endocrine system, a system for communicating messages across long distances within the body, the hormones operate as the long-distance messaging service.
And hormones effects are incredibly diverse as well. They can stimulate growth, metabolism, immune function, and much more. Some hormones even take on double, triple, or quadruple the number of functions around your body.
Find out more about how hormones are regulated, and the role hormones play in things like maintaining your metabolism or controlling your blood sugar in this Human.
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Endocrine System: Facts, Functions and Diseases
“The endocrine system is the collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, and mood, among other things.”
Principles of endocrinology
“The word hormone is derived from the Greek hormao meaning ‘I excite or arouse’. Hormones communicate this effect by their unique chemical structures recognized by specific receptors on their target cells, by their patterns of secretion and their concentrations in the general or localized circulation.”
Understanding How Testosterone Affects Men
“The complex effects of testosterone, investigators found, depend partly on its conversion in the body to a type of estrogen. The insights will help guide the development of better ways to diagnose and treat men who don’t produce enough natural testosterone.”
This Seeker health miniseries will dive deep into the cellular structures, human systems, and overall anatomy that work together to keep our bodies going. Using the visual structure and quick pacing of Seeker’s Sick series, these human bio-focused episodes will give a new audience an inside look on what’s happening inside all of us.
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