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What Does Homeostasis Have To Do With Breathing
Metabolism: Imagine your thyroid as the furnace heating your home. The temperature is controlled by the thermostat (pituitary gland). When the heater or thermostat malfunctions by providing too much or too little heat, it makes your life miserable. In human, it equates to how much energy your body can put out. Too much would exhaust your fuel supply too quickly, too little makes your energy sluggish. ...Read more
Vit D deficiency: Rickets is the bony manifestation of vitamin d deficiency in childhood. Vit d deficiency has many effects. The incidence of vit d insufficiency has doubled from 1994 to 2004. An air pollutant, cadmium, which has become more toxic since the removal of lead from gasoline breaks down 25-oh vitamin d. Low calcium, phosphorus, elevated alkaline phosphatase , neuromuscular irritability result. ...Read more
Androgens: The following article describes what you ask: int j fertil. 1992;37 suppl 2:83-92. Mechanism of action/effects of androgens on lipid metabolism. Other on line info: androgen appears to affect lipoprotein metabolism in a number of ways. These include: increasing the activity of lipoprotein lipase and hepatic triglyceride lipase, resulting in higher levels of triglyceride in adipose tissue and a dr. ...Read more
Shivering, sweating: Shivering is the main defense against cold; the muscles produce heat by shaking you. Sweating causes evaporative cooling. ...Read more
What medicines will bring someone with MS back to a balanced homeostasis when the body can't do it on its own?
Will try to reassure: Every patient with ms is different, but when problems appear you need to make certain that your basic disease modifying treatment is a potent drug (like Gilenya (fingolimod) or tysabri). If you are suffering relapses, get steroids or acthar. You should be taking vitamin d-3, 5-10000 units daily. You should be doing aerobic exercise, follow low fat diet and manage stress, as all may help. Discuss with doc. ...Read more
What warning signs/ symptoms would a person with MS have that would keep your body from having normal homeostasis?
Several: Big issues in ms include fatigue and cognitive loss, and these can be successfully treated with potent meds, and symptomatic approaches. Sometimes, co-morbidities appear resulting in infections, and relapses, so need to check for urinary problems, low vitamin b-12 and d levels, and even additional issues which will contribute to worsening. ...Read more
Yes if its healthy: Maintaining an ideal body weight is critical for health. When we have too much fat, our body becomes inefficient. The nih just showed that in an obese person, 100cal is not 100cal but probably more b/c the body just stops functioning well. Hormonal disruption can occur, inflammation starts and starts this negative spiral downwards towards disease. Maintain a healthy weight & stop many diseases. ...Read more
Balance: Homeostasis refers to a stable or balanced state. ...Read more
Does more than that: Homeostasis really occurs at a cellular level, and blood (or its equivalent in simpler life forms) carries what cells need to maintain their own homeostasis - defined by one of my professors as "change that is necessary for staying the same". Cells send out signals when they are distressed or in need, and in some cases the body responds and sends what those cells need in the blood. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tolerance: The GI tract is tolerant of food antigens, and mounts a response to infections. ...Read more
WebMD: See webmd for a thorough discussion. Not enough room in this forum. ...Read more
Part of it: The heart rate resting tells how well you are functioningt. The heart is like a machine, the more work it has to do, the faster it will stop working. The better functioning it is with a low resting heart rate (not something so low that it causes symptoms), the faster you recovery from exercise, the better shape you are which signals the better balance you have internally. ...Read more
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