Hormones are important cell signals that the body uses to get certain effects in target organs far removed from the hormone glands where the hormones are produced.
The following are headings of chapters that deal with details about the various hormone subtopics and that are linked to this page.
General hormone actions: Hormone Introduction , Cyclic AMP , Some hormones and their actions , Syndrome of insulin resistance.
Pituitary disorders: Introduction , Anterior lobe pituitary disorders , Effect of pituitary hormones , Pituitary apoplexy(pituitary gland stroke) , Posterior pituitary disease , Sheehan syndrome ,
Thyroid problems: Introduction , Hyperthyroidism (thyrotoxicosis) , Hypothyroidism (myxedema) , Subclinical hypothyroidism , Thyroiditis (Hashimoto’s)
Hormone deficiency of testicles and ovaries (hypogonadism): Introduction to hypogonadism , Diagnostic tests for sex hormone deficiency , Signs and symptoms of hypogonadism , Treatment of hypogonadism
Male and Female Menopause: Introduction/meno/andropause , Menopause change of life in women , Menopause Weight Gain , Andropause (=male menopause) , Antiaging Treatment with Bioidentical Hormones
Diabetes mellitus and insipidus: Diabetes mellitus (what’s normally known as “diabetes”) , Diabetes insipidus
Adrenal gland disorders: Adrenal gland disorders
Growth hormone (GH) problems: Introduction to GH , GH deficiency (= dwarfism) , GH surplus (= acromegaly)
Summary Regarding Hormones
Hormone abnormalities are common. In this chapter I have shown the complexity of some of these abnormalities. I also have described that with some attention to proper exercise and balanced nutrition many hormone deficiency syndromes can be prevented. However, as people age there will be a significant number who require supplementation with bio-identical hormones (particularly for steroid hormones by applying appropriate creams to the skin).
With obesity running as high as 35% in the general population many, if not all of these people have the syndrome of insulin resistance, which can be effectively treated by limiting the amount of calories, carbohydrates and starch that are consumed without hunger pains by following a zone type eating plan (Ref. 12). This would normalize the elevated insulin level, remove the block at the secondary hormone messenger level, cyclic AMP, and free the regular hormone receptors to work normally again. In this way the thyroid ( for energy), the adrenal glands (for coping with stress) and the sex hormones (for a normal sex life) are given a chance to function normally again. Other problems such as depression will likely also decrease or disappear.
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