Could your alcohol habits be affecting your hormone production?
Here’s how alcohol effects the systems in your body.
The endocrine system ensures proper communication between various organs of the body to maintain a constant internal environment. The endocrine system also plays an essential role in enabling the body to respond and appropriately cope with changes in the internal or external environments, such as respond to stress and injury. These functions of the endocrine system to maintain body homeostasis are aided by its communication with the nervous system, immune system, and body’s circadian mechanism. Chronic consumption of a large amount of alcohol disrupts the communication between the nervous, endocrine and immune system and causes hormonal disturbances that lead to profound and serious consequences at physiological and behavioral levels. These alcohol-induced hormonal dysregulations affect the entire body and can result in various disorders such as stress abnormalities, reproductive deficits, body growth defect, thyroid problems, immune dysfunction, cancers, bone disease
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Excessive alcohol drinking has been recognized as having several adverse health consequences. Heavy alcohol drinking increases the risk of cardiovascular and liver disease, metabolic disturbances, nutritional deficiencies, cancers (i.e. mouth, stomach, colon, liver and breast cancer), neurobiological disorders and fetal abnormalities5. In contrast to heavy alcohol use, light to moderate drinking, especially of alcoholic beverages rich in polyphenols such as red wine, was reported to lower the risk of coronary heart disease6, stroke7 and osteoporosis8. In this article we will discuss some of the literature surrounding studies done in humans and animal models regarding the effects of both acute and chronic alcohol consumption on one of the body’s most important systems, the endocrine system.
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Reference: US Library Of Medicine National Institute Of Health https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3767933/