Hormonal Wonders: 40 Captivating Facts About the Dynamic World of Human Hormones – Part 2 2

26Hormone Replacement Therapy

Hormone Replacement Therapy

Women on Hormone Replacement Therapy after menopause may see up to a 75% increase in breast cancer risk as well as suffering later stage detection.

27. Cold showers increase testosterone levels, mitigate depression, and invigorate the mind.

28. Human Growth Hormone (HGH) extracted from cadavers causes Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a rapidly degenerative neurological disorder, which is why HGH is now created using recombinant DNA.

29. There is a hormone disorder (Cushing's Syndrome) that causes weight gain in the torso and head, but weight loss in the limbs. Patients develop a "buffalo hump" and "moon face", but their arms and legs remain skinny.

30. Modern insulin comes from genetically modified organisms with human genes inserted to avoid allergic reactions from animal-derived insulin.

31Blindness & Synthetic Melatonin

Blindness & Synthetic Melatonin

Blind people supplement synthetic melatonin (a hormone that regulates sleep cycles) in order to "teach" their brains when it's day and night. Without it, they are arguably in a state of perpetual jet lag.

32. Testosterone can cross the blood-brain barrier and be converted to estrogen, but estrogen alone cannot cross. As a result, men have more "estrogen on the brain" than women.

33. Metandienone a.k.a. Dianabol is the most widely used testosterone derivative of all time, both historically and in the present day. It can be purchased without a prescription in Mexico. It is however a controlled substance in most countries.

34. Vitamin D is the only vitamin that is also a hormone and its deficiency can lead to numerous mental illnesses such as depression and Schizophrenia.

35. HCG (Human chorionic gonadotropin) hormone which is found in the urine of pregnant women can be used to induce egg laying in African clawed frogs.

36Inhaled Insulin

Inhaled Insulin

Inhaled Insulin exists for both type 1 and 2 diabetes. It is faster acting and has lesser side effects like weight gain and hypoglycemia because it emulates what the pancreas does.

37. Constant interruptions from your smartphone can change your brain's chemistry to make you feel anxious and distracted. Notifications can trigger the release of a hormone called cortisol. This tenses muscles, increases heart rate and causes palms to become sweaty.

38. Couples that cuddle can become addicted to one another. Symptoms of withdrawal can occur when apart as a result of the hormone oxytocin, "the cuddling drug.

39. For those who have trouble sleeping researchers say that 1 week of camping, without electronics, resets our biological body clock and synchronizes our melatonin hormones with sunrise and sunset.

40. Crying is good for you because tears can flush out higher levels of stress hormones out of your system and higher levels of mood-regulating manganese.

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