The impact of hormones on your diet, mood

September 10, 2018 - 1:03 pm

KYW’s Medical Reports Sponsored By Independence Blue Cross. 

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- One of the ways that the cells is our body communicate with each other is through hormones. Hormones are produced throughout the body by the endocrine system and do everything from manage metabolism to impact our emotions. 

The system in your body that produces hormones is known as the endocrine system. 

Hormones work in our brain as well. Certain cells in the body called neuroendocrine cells – essentially nerve cells — make these hormones. 

Sometimes these neuroendocrine cells grow abnormally and form tumors that can spread within the central nervous system or to other organs. These are called neuroendocrine tumors. Also called nets, they can release large amounts of a chemical called serotonin into your body. 

Serotonin is a hormone that helps control your mood and digestion. Extra serotonin in your bloodstream can cause carcinoid syndrome. These tumors can be quite serious because the imbalance in serotonin can effect happiness and optimism, as well as digestion.