Replacing Hormones: When All Is Not balanced
Draw a flowchart to illustrate the action of aldosterone and its role in the body. Show where it is produced, its target tissue and the responses that it brings about. 2)
What is hormone replacement therapy (HRT)?
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), also known as hormone therapy (HT), is a medication containing the hormones oestrogen and progesterone, and in some cases testosterone, that can help reduce symptoms of menopause. Hormone replacement therapy refers to any form of hormone therapy wherein the patient, in the course of medical treatment, receives hormones, either to supplement a lack of naturally occurring hormones, or to substitute other hormones for naturally occurring hormones.
Describe what can happen to the body if insufficient aldosterone is produced.
If insufficient aldosterone is produced there is a loss of water and salt which causes a fall in blood pressure, heart and kidney abnormalities, and general weakness
Write a short article for a health magazine that explains how hormone replacement therapy works to treat people with low levels of aldosterone.
Addison’s disease is a hormonal disorder that affects all age groups, both male and
female. When an insufficient amount of the hormone, cortisol and some cases the hormone aldosterone is being
produced from the adrenal glands, it causes the Addison’s disease to occur. Cortisol helps maintain
blood pressure and cardiovascular function, slows immune systems inflammatory response, breaks down sugar for energy (balancing insulin levels) and helps regulate metabolism of proteins,