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What tissue does adrenocorticotropic hormone target and what are the effects?

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Dr. Samuel Freedman
Pediatrics 9 years experience
ACTH: This hormone is secreted by the pituitary gland and stimulates cortisol release by the adrenal gland. The effects are dependent on levels. In normal amounts, cortisol helps the body overcome stress. In excessive amounts, elevated cortisol leads to cushings disease. This causes excessive weight gain, purplish skin stretch marks, high blood pressure and diabetes.

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Last updated Jul 22, 2012

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