What the hell are hormones? – And why some people stay fat!

TV scientific programmes often have interesting and hard hitting topics, but use scientific terms that only the ‘experts’ understand. Since these programmes often carry messages that are vital to our health and well being, these messages needs to use language that we can all understand.


This article will try to bring to life the meaning of hormones, and we all have them, but sometimes they just don’t work as well as they should do!


Hormones are secreted by certain cells, which are located in glands, often a distance away from their intended target e.g. an organ or tissue. These hormones are sent to all areas of our body to regulate essential functions such as temperature, reproduction, growth, immunity and aging. It stands to reason that the hormone system is the hub of vitality, longevity and well-being. Very often in life, the message is more important than the messenger, and this is certainly true for hormones.


It is vitally important that the ‘message’ the secreted hormone conveys is released and arrives via the bloodstream to the target organ or tissue.


Did you know that nucleotides, some of the body’s most essential building blocks, are involved in the ‘bringing together’ (mediation) of hormone message?


An example of a situation, where the ‘message’ is not getting across, was in the recent BBC Horizon programme (The truth about fat) talked about hormones as being possible culprits for some people who find themselves unable to reduce weight. These two recently discovered hormones, which control our feelings of hunger and fullness, seem to work better for some people than in others.


The body’s building blocks, nucleotides, mentioned earlier in the article, will have their own ‘What the hell are….’ article soon. In the meantime, there is a handy little website www.nucleotides4health.org, which has a handy section ‘nucleotides 4 all’ that uses easy language to explain more about these essential nutrients.