Hormones and Metabolism

Tests For Measuring Blood Glucose Levels

Glucose is the simple carbohydrate that is used for energy production. It can be consumed directly or more complex carbohydrates can be broken down into glucose. While other nutrients play different roles in the body, both fats and proteins can also be converted into simple carbohydrates if it is needed for energy. Glucose >> Read More ...

Five Signs Of Thyroid Dysfunction

The thyroid gland is one of the important glands in the human body. Sitting in your neck, this butterfly-shaped gland primarily controls your body’s metabolism. Through the actions of its two hormones, the thyroid gland can speed up your metabolism or slow it down. This means that your cells will produce more energy >> Read More ...

How To Avoid Diabetes And Cure Prediabetes

Diabetes mellitus is a global problem largely associated with diet and lifestyle, although genetic factors are just as important. With some 26 million American living with diabetes, it has become one of the major chronic diseases of today along with coronary artery disease and high blood cholesterol. The even more >> Read More ...

How To Prevent A Heat Stroke And Stop It

With summer around the corner and erratic weather conditions becoming somewhat of the norm, heat waves are a more common occurrence these days. While it may seem like a good idea to spend the day outdoors, you may be at risk of heat-related illnesses. Your body has several ways to keep cool in order to prevent overheating, >> Read More ...

Hungry After Eating? 7 Common and Unusual Reasons

Hunger is one sensation that we all understand from the time of birth. It compels us to find food and eat it, or as is the case with infants, to alert caregivers about the desire to feed. What we all expect is to feel satisfied after eating which means that the sensation of hunger subsides. Both satiety and hunger are at >> Read More ...

Tips to Maintain Blood Glucose Levels Throughout the Day

Glucose is the basic fuel used by the cells of the body to produce energy. Although the body stores some glucose as glycogen and can use fat and even protein for energy production, we largely depend on a constant glucose supply from food. As the blood glucose levels drop to lower levels, a person feels tired, irritable, >> Read More ...

Addison Disease (Primary Adrenal Cortex Insufficiency)

Definition and Meaning of Addison Disease Addison disease is the term for primary adrenocortical insufficiency. This means that functions of the outer portion of the adrenal gland known as the cortex is impaired. The impairment is not a consequence of any other disease and is therefore referred to as primary adrenocortical >> Read More ...

Thyroid Enlargement (Goiter) from Lithium Use

Definition Lithium-induced goiter is a condition where the thyroid gland enlarges in patients using lithium. Due to the location of the thyroid gland, it causes a swelling in the neck. The condition is caused by the use of lithium in the treatment of bipolar disorder. However, there are other more common causes of goiter >> Read More ...

Somatostatinomas (Somatostatin Hormone Secreting Tumors)

Somatostatinoma Definition Somatostatinomas are rare tumors of the pancreatic cells that secrete the hormone somatostatin. The pancreas is not the only location where somatostatin is produced but larger somatostatinomas are most likely to occur in the pancreas. Since this hormone has a suppressive action on most other >> Read More ...

Prolactinoma (Prolactin Hormone Secreting Tumors)

What is a prolactinoma? A prolactinoma is a tumor that secretes prolactin, the hormone that is responsible for stimulating milk production. Normally prolactin is secreted in controlled amounts by the pituitary gland, the master gland that sits at the base of the brain and controls most other glands in the body. A >> Read More ...
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