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Hormone concentration metabolism and negative feedback

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when we talked about the endocrine organs in the endocrine glands when we talk about hormones flowing all throughout the body it's pretty easy to develop this mental image of that process happening pretty haphazardly and so there's you kind of imagine hormones just coursing all throughout the body being fired at well and in everywhere but if you think about the effects of the endocrine glands like in the adrenal gland with the fight-or-flight hormones it becomes pretty important that the the effects being stimulated by these hormones be well controlled because our body's pretty sensitive to those effects and so it turns out that the hormone concentration in our blood at any given time is pretty tightly controlled in it one of the ways that it's controlled is through this idea of metabolism and excretion and so for every hormone that reaches its receptor thousands more are swept up and removed by the body in one of the ways that they're removed is through the liver and the liver will will metabolize extra hormones and turn them into bile which is ultimately excreted in the digestive system and another organ is the kidney and you have two of these and they're filtering your blood all of the time and they're removing waste products from the blood through urine and then some some hormones are actually just broken down in the blood and then the products of that breakdown flow into the liver or the kidneys and then some sometimes you even you can even sweat these hormones out but the idea here is that all of the time for all the hormones reaching the receptors a lot or just swept up and removed from the body and another way that concentrations of hormones and the body are controlled are through feedback loops and the majority of feedback loops are what we consider to be negative feedback loops and the idea behind negative feedback loops is that conditions resulting from the hormone action suppress further release of those hormones and that can be a pretty confusing idea so I'm going to I'm going to draw an example so we have the hypothalamus here I'm going to draw it in and I'll write it down and the hypothalamus releases a hormone thyroid releasing hormone so T RH and it releases it it goes down to the pituitary gland which I'll draw in and right here and in response to trh the pituitary gland releases thyroid stimulating hormone or TSH and TSH goes down to the thyroid glands which would be about right here and the thyroid gland it releases its hormones t3 or triiodothyronine and thyroxine and these thyroid hormones travel all throughout the body in search of the receptors in order to let's say up regulate metabolism that's one of the major jobs of the thyroid glands and so here's where the idea becomes pretty cool because some of the receptors are located on the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus and as the thyroid hormones reach the pituitary and the hypothalamus they signal the hypothalamus and pituitary gland to stop making their hormones and the hypothalamus and pituitary gland see that we have enough thyroid hormones in the blood and that they don't need to make any anymore and so this is a major way that the thyroid hormone levels in the body are controlled and you might say hey that's that sounds a little bit redundant I mean if the hypothalamus can be turned off by the thyroid hormones and it's upstream from the pituitary gland what is the pituitary gland even have to have these receptors but the redundance is really just a reflection of how important feedback control is and how important the the concentration of hormones in the in the body is and so hopefully what we can see is that the hormone levels in the body aren't half hazard and aren't willy-nilly in it concentration is important
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