What's really going on with our HORMONES?

The Endocrine System is made up from the body's glands that produce hormones. It acts as an information system and uses chemical messengers called hormones - each hormone has it's own unique purpose.

Here are a few facts about these intriguing silent body messengers:

Chinese Healers have been practicing hormone therapy for almost 2,000yrs, according to American author Robert K. G. Temple in his book, "The Genius of China: 3,000Years of Science" Allegedly, it can be traced to 200 B.C  where the healers extracted sex and pituitary hormones from human urine using gypsum and saponin minerals. They used it for medicinal purposes.

2) Osteoporosis, although a bone disorder, is often treated by endocrinologists, as postmenopausal women have been noted to develop the disease due to low levels of the hormone estrogen, which helps maintain bone mass. Another condition is hyperthyroidism and these people also are prone to secondary osteoporosis.

3) There are 8 glands in the body that secrete hormones: adrenal, hypothalamus, pancreas, parathyroid, pineal, pituitary, reproductive (ovaries & testes) and the thyroid. But that's not all! A few larger organs also secrete a small amount of hormones. The placenta secretes estrogen and progesterone. The stomach releases the hunger inducing hormones 'gherlin' and gastrin and these stimulate the secretion of gastric acid!

4) The most common endocrine disorder in the U.S. is diabetes - affecting around 8% of the population according to the National Institute for Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease. In 460 B.C, the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates was known to diagnose diabetes by tasting a patients urine.... Urghh!! Apparently, it was incredibly sweet! I'll take his word for it, thanks!

5) Alcohol has a widespread effect on the endocrine system. It can impair the regulation of blood-sugar levels by interfering with certain hormones and it can reduce a mans testosterone level by damaging the testes. It also has an effect of increasing the risk of osteoporosis by disturbing a calcium-regulating hormone called parathyroid.

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