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what exactly is a hormone?

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Dr. Thomas Knecht
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BIG question!: Hi. In general terms, a hormone is a substance made in one place in the body and active at other places (the target tissues). Hormones bind specific receptors in target tissues and modify cell/tissue function. Hormones come in 4 broad categories: peptides/proteins, steroids, biogenic amines, and fatty acid metabolites. I've got monster textbooks that try to answer that question! :-)
Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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I fully agree with Dr. Knecht but would further suggest that you get onto the web and you will find many articles on the topic "Hormones". Many will be specifically for doctors but there will also be many for people like yourself that will be easier to understand.
Feb 2, 2015

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Which hormones are secreted by the anterior pituitary?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
6 major ones: The anterior pituitary secretes 6 major hormones: 1. Adrenocorticotropic hormone (acth) which tells the adrenal gland to secrete glucocorticoids (a steroid hormone), 2. Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) for the thyroid, 3. Follice-stimulating hormone (fsh) , 4. Luteinizing hormone (lh) both directed at the ovaries/testes, 5. Growth hormone (gh), & 6. Prolactin (prl) for the ovaries & breasts.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What happens if the pituitary produces too much or too little hormone?

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Dr. Justin Fuehrer
Dr. Justin Fuehreranswered
Emergency Medicine 10 years experience
It depends: It depends on which hormone we are discussing. Effects ranging from gigantism/dwarfism, to inability to get pregnant are possibilities. So, it is difficult to say without knowing specifically which hormone we are concerned with. The six hormones produced by the pituitary are: fsh, LH (control sex hormones), gh (growth), TSH (thyroid), acth (adrenal), and prolactin (milk).
A 38-year-old member asked:

What are the important hormones secreted by pituitary glands?

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Dr. Joshua Batt
Emergency Medicine 9 years experience
Many: The pituitary secretes a number of hormones, all of which are important. Anterior pituitary: follicle stimulating hormone, leutinizing hormone, adrenocorticotropic hormone, thyroid stimulating hormone, prolactin, and growth hormone. Posterior pituitary: oxytocin and antidiuretic hormone. Each serves a different but very important role.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Ant. Pit also secretes melanocyte stimulating hormone.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

What is the most effective pro-hormone on the market?

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Dr. Thomas Rohde
Anti-Aging Medicine 35 years experience
Pregnenolone or DHEA: I assume by pro-hormone that you mean a supplement the body would use to make hormones? If that is the case dhea or 7-keto dhea are utilized to make the male and female hormones. Then also pregnenolone which is converted into dhea and then the other hormones including pregesterone. Be careful - high doses can lead to trouble - your levels need to be monitored with a knowledgeable physician!
A 42-year-old member asked:

What exactly is hormone replacemet therapy?

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Dr. Stuart Seigel
Endocrinology 13 years experience
Post meno therapy: HRT is the replacement of hormones postemenopausally typically to treat menopausal symptoms. HRT is controversial. The controversy revolves around breast cancer and cardiovascular disease risks.

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