Hormones and eating

Hormones work to ensure that we consume the right amount of food we need to fuel our bodies each day. They are responsible for signalling to the brain when it’s time to start eating and also when to stop eating. When these signals don’t function properly, this can promote obesity.

Topical issues

What is HRT?

Hormone replacement therapy (or HRT) is the replacement of female sex hormones oestrogen and progesterone in women to control symptoms of the menopause.

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Key hormones

Ghrelin is termed the ‘hunger hormone’ and tells our brain that we’re hungry.  It is produced by the stomach where it promotes appetite, how food is turned into energy and storage of fat.

Leptin is produced by fat cells when we eat and signals to the brain that we’re full.

 

Practical Information

What is endocrinology?

Endocrinology is the study of hormones.

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