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Few hormones and their effects

Few hormones and their effects

Hormones are messengers that are naturally produced by cells or glands in your body and their role is to help in the proper functioning of different organs. Some are responsible of your growth, your immune system, the regulation of your metabolism, while others control your reproductive and sleep cycles, your heart rate, the life span of your cells, etc.

The following is a list of only few important hormones for the human body:

  • Serotonin; responsible for your mood, appetite, memory and sleeping regulation
  • Thyroxin; known to increase your metabolism and regulate your internal temperature
  • Epinephrine (Adrenaline); responsible for what is known as the, "fight or flight" response. Persistent elevated levels put you at risk of heart disease and depression
  • Leptin; decreases your appetite
  • Testosterone; the male hormone, chiefly responsible for the development and maintenance of sex organs but have many other important functions as well
  • Estrogen; the female hormone, chiefly responsible for regulating the menstrual cycle, and maintains pregnancy and the bones
  • Glucagon; increases blood glucose level
  • Insulin; decrease blood glucose level
  • Ghrelin; stimulates hunger
  • Growth Hormone; stimulates growth and muscle production