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what does the paraventricular nucelus of the hypothalamus do?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
PVN: Contains nerve cells which are activated by stressful or physiological changes, leading to release of pituitary hormones, as well as regulating appetite & autonomic functions.
Dr. Charles Harvey
Neurosurgery 34 years experience
The paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus produces the short chain polypeptide hormones that are released by the posterior pituitary, OXYTOCIN and VASOPRESSIN and other locally acting hormones. These are involved in processes of sexual reproduction, blood pressure control, and the salt and water balance of the blood.
Apr 4, 2015

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What are some natural treatment options when the hypothalamus gland is not functioning?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Not really.: Who diagnosed your hypothalmus as " not functioning." if this were completely true, you would not be asking this question, since the hypothalamus controls pituitary function and hormone secretion. Their are supplements (argine/ornithine) that can bolster hgh secretion by the pituitary, but none have a direct function on the hypothalamus.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What are the causes and effects of having a defective hypothalamus?

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Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
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HP axis: Hypothalamus-pituitary axis (glands) in the brain produces important hormones that regulates your thyroid, testosterone, estrogen, steroid production. That regulate immune system, blood pressure, sugar level, sex drive, reproduction, menopause, obesity. Please, consult with your physician, endocrinologist. I have many patient with productive life despite having endocrine hormones conditions.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What happens if my hypothalamus is not functioning properly? Will I lose my appestat?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
No.: No.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What is the cure for the hypothalamus?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Makes no sense: Hypothalamus is not a disease or condition. It is an anatomic part of the brain. You need it to function. Thus, there is no cure or treatment for a part of the anatomy.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Following a stroke that damages the hypothalamus, what would you expect the person to have problems with?

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Dr. Edward Smith
Neurosurgery 54 years experience
Basic dysfunctions: Specific manifestations can include: alteration of temperature control, blood pressure lability, hormonal disregulation (such as menstrual abnormalities, sleep-wake cycle changes, increased or decreased appetite/weight status. These may be permanent.

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