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[IPp] missing hormone

Hey everyone,

I found out the name of the "missing hormone" the endo was telling me that my 
son may have. It is called the Cortisol Hormone...Read on:
    Cortisol: The "Stress Hormone" 
The hormone cortisol, which is released in the body during stressed or 
agitated states, has gained widespread attention as the so-called "stress 
hormone." But this hormone is more than a simple marker of stress levels- it 
is necessary for the functioning of almost every part of the body. Excesses 
or deficiencies of this crucial hormone are also lead to various physical 
symptoms and disease states.
Cortisol is a steroid hormone made in the <A HREF="http://stress.about.com/library/glossary/bldef-adrenalglands.htm">adrenal glands</A>, which are small 
glands adjacent to the kidneys. Among its important functions in the body 
include roles in the regulation of blood pressure and cardiovascular function 
as well as regulation of the body's use of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. 
Cortisol secretion increases in response to any stress in the body, whether 
physical (such as illness, trauma, surgery, or temperature extremes) or 
psychological. When cortisol is secreted, it causes a breakdown of muscle 
protein, leading to release of amino acids (the "building blocks" of protein) 
into the bloodstream. These amino acids are then used by the liver to 
synthesize glucose for energy, in a process called gluconeogenesis. This 
process raises the blood sugar level so the brain will have more glucose for 
energy. At the same time the other tissues of the body decrease their use of 
glucose as fuel. Cortisol also leads to the release of so-called fatty acids, 
an energy source from fat cells, for use by the muscles. Taken together, 
these energy-directing processes prepare the individual to deal with 
stressors and insure that the brain receives adequate energy sources. 
The body possesses an elaborate feedback system for controlling cortisol 
secretion and regulating the amount of cortisol in the bloodstream. The <A HREF="http://stress.about.com/library/glossary/bldef-pituitarygland.htm">
pituitary gland</A>, a small gland at the base of the brain, makes and secretes a 
hormone known as adrenocorticotrophin, or <A HREF="http://stress.about.com/library/glossary/bldef-ACTH.htm">ACTH</A>. Secretion of ACTH signals the 
adrenal glands to increase cortisol production and secretion. The pituitary, 
in turn, receives signals from the hypothalamus of the brain in the form of 
the hormone <A HREF="http://stress.about.com/library/glossary/bldef-CRH.htm">CRH</A>, or corticotropin-releasing hormone, which signals the 
pituitary to release ACTH. Almost immediately after a stressful event, the 
levels of the regulatory hormones ACTH and CRH increase, causing an immediate 
rise in cortisol levels. When cortisol is present in adequate (or excess) 
amounts, a negative feedback system operates on the pituitary gland and 
hypothalamus which alerts these areas to reduce the output of ACTH and CRH, 
respectively, in order to reduce cortisol secretion when adequate levels are 
**if you want to read on, here is the web site:
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5%62%58%4a%d7%b0%cc%f3%f7%7e%d5%41%d3%81%5a%96%c6%fc%8b%68">cortisol stress hormones</A> 
Mommy to Matthew age 5
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