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What exactly are hormones, and why are they so important?

Hormones are part of the endocrine system, which is vital to our body's functions. This controls our reproductive system, our growth and development, metabolism, as well as our body's response to injury and stress. Many different organs are responsible for the production of hormones. These include the pituitary glands, the thyroid gland, the kidneys, adrenal glands, and pancreas. The ovaries in females and the testes in males also produce specific hormones.

Many factors can cause a hormone imbalance, like a woman having a hysterectomy, or problems with the pituitary or adrenal glands.

Overall health of the body and proper hormone balance is important in order for it to function like it was meant to. Lack of estrogen can cause premature aging and bone loss. Lack of testosterone can lead to fatigue and loss of muscle mass. Many people take prescribed hormones of all kinds to help with various hormonal imbalances or endocrine disorders.

Our bodies are wondrous beings!

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