Hormones and Metabolism

Pheochromocytoma (Rare Adrenal Gland Tumor)

Pheochromocytoma Definition A pheochromocytoma is a rare tumor of the tissues of the adrenal gland. These glands sit at the top of each kidney and secrete catecholamine hormones, which regulate heart rate, body metabolism, and blood pressure. A tumor in or around the adrenal gland would result in excessive secretion of the >> Read More ...

Adrenal Adenoma (Benign Adrenal Gland Tumor)

What is an adrenal adenoma? An adrenal adenoma is a benign mass in the adrenal gland that sits on top of the kidney. Adrenal adenomas are largely non-functional meaning that it occupies space but does not secrete hormones. However, sometimes benign masses in the adrenal glands can be functional thereby causing high levels >> Read More ...

Hyperglucagonemia (High Blood Glucagon Levels)

Almost all vital processes of the body require energy. Carbohydrates in food are broken into simpler units, mainly glucose. This glucose is utilized by cells to derive energy. Optimum concentration of glucose in the blood is required for healthy  functioning. It is maintained by hormones secreted from the pancreas – >> Read More ...

Adrenal Hemorrhage (Bleeding Gland)

What is adrenal hemorrhage? An adrenal hemorrhage is bleeding within the adrenal gland, the triangular-shaped gland on top of of each kidney. Adrenal hemorrhage is an uncommon condition but can be life threatening unless medical treatment is commenced as soon as possible. It can occur in a person of any age, but is more >> Read More ...

Subacute Thyroiditis (Temporary Thyroid Dysfunction)

What is subacute thyroiditis? Subacute thyroiditis is a condition where the thyroid gland is inflamed for short periods of time leading to overactivity, then underactivity and eventually returning to a normal state. The condition responds spontaneously meaning that it heals on its own although medication may be used to >> Read More ...

Weight Gain with Stress (Hormones, Diet and Exercise)

Does stress cause weight gain? There are several reasons for weight gain – some related to lifestyle factors (the most common causes), physiological responses like pregnancy and pathological factors like diseases of the thyroid or adrenal glands. Weight gain in most instances is a result of consuming more calories >> Read More ...

Untreated Diabetes Mellitus Consequences and Symptoms

Diabetes mellitus, commonly referred to as sugar diabetes, is a growing problem globally largely associated with a more sedentary lifestyle and obesity. Despite it being one of the more common chronic conditions in most populations, there is still widespread ignorance about the serious nature of this disease and the >> Read More ...

Insulin Resistance Information – Reverse, Weight Loss, Diet

What is insulin resistance? Insulin resistance is a state where the tissues of the body do not respond normally to the hormone insulin. The pancreas, a gland in the abdomen, secretes insulin in response to certain signals mainly a rise in blood glucose levels. Insulin then acts on various sites in the body to initiate >> Read More ...
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