So this is my first article here. I should probably introduce myself but then again maybe you won’t know me and that won’t help any of us. So just know me as your doctor.
I will not discuss a disease today since, well, it’s my first time here so instead, I’ll just familiarize you with some of the hormones you have in your body that you probably do or don’t know.
What is a hormone? You ask. A hormone is a chemical that is made by specialist cells, usually within an endocrine gland, and is released into the bloodstream to send a message to another part of the body, I answer.
Here are a few
Also known as the female sex hormone, teenage girls know this one all too well. It is responsible for setting off of puberty and is produced in your, gets this, ovaries. Some of its functions include to maintain pregnancy and keeping your bones strong.
For the ladies again. This hormone is the reason for that week circled in red in your calendar. It is a crucial player in your menstrual cycle. After ovulation, its levels rise to prepare your uterus for implantation. If fertilization fails to occur, its levels drop and, well, Week circled in red
Hey there moms to be. This hormone released by the pituitary gland (a gland in your brain) after childbirth, triggers lactation and enables you to breastfeed.
Is a male sex hormone. Surprisingly, it plays a big role for women too. It contributes to your sex drive, bone density and muscle strength. Here is a buzz kill though. When it’s levels are too high, it causes male pattern balding. (Not funny, women)
Ask a diabetic and they would probably tell you that it couldn’t be more useful. After you eat, cells in your pancreas (which is a 6-inch organ by the way) release insulin that shuttles glucose from your bloodstream into your body tissues to use later as energy. I’ll leave this here before I leave you more confused.
This one breaks down stored glucose so your body can use it for energy to sing, dance and tweet.
Can also be known as your own personal trainer. It controls appetite by signalling your body to stop eating. For those guys who can eat a whole sufuria of ugali you should probably have your leptin levels checked.
This determines whether you’re an insomniac or not. This hormone regulates your sleep and wake cycles.
Cupid’s arrow is dipped in this stuff. That’s probably why it’s dubbed the love hormone.it’s levels rise when we make physical contact with another human.
Is released during times of stress. It increases heart rate, blood pressure, blood glucose, respiration and muscle tension in response.
Also known as the fight or flight hormone. It allows you to battle a danger head-on or if to escape to safety. (I always run to safety. You would too if you live in Rongai and meet a stray lion). Persistently high levels, however, increases your risk of developing anxiety, depression, and weight gain. This is probably why laughter is really the best medicine.
Rumbling tummy? Don’t worry..it’s probably,( highlight probably), not your “friends” in the stomach as you are told. This hormone stimulates appetite and prepares the body for food.
Craving pickles?… This hormone made by the adrenal glands regulates blood pressures by increasing salt and water re absorption in the kidneys.
You are probably bored already and if not, then you were probably bored by the time I was in the third hormone. Not to worry, this is 2020 and there are a lot of memes and juicy stories that you can continue viewing and reading. You can also google how to get ready for a nuclear war. But at least now you know which hormone makes you feel hungry.
You’re in a matatu. The matatu is full. An expectant lady gets on. You are a young lady or a lass. Get up, let the good lady have the seat. She is probably carrying the wife or husband to your future son or daughter.
Have a healthy day.