Hormones: the messengers in the body

Hormones are important messenger substances that are formed in various organs or tissues and control numerous processes in the body

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Hormones are, so to speak, ambassadors for the body. They convey important information from one organ or tissue to another. Sometimes the message arrives very quickly, sometimes it takes longer. For example, the stress hormone adrenaline works very quickly after it is released.

Where hormones are made

Hormones are formed in different places in the body: On the one hand, they are produced in specialized hormone glands such as the pituitary gland in the brain. Among other things, TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) is produced here, which stimulates the thyroid gland. The thyroid, in turn, produces the hormones thyroxine and triiodothyronine. The adrenal gland and pancreas also produce hormones.

In addition to these hormone glands, there are also neurohormones, for example, which are produced by cells in the central nervous system (CNS), and tissues with hormone-producing cells and organs with control functions such as the kidneys and lungs.