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October is Pituitary awareness month

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Posted: 24 September 2015
What is the pituitary gland?

The pituitary gland is important because if controls other hormone glands, for example; the adrenals and thyroid. It is the size of a pea and consists of two lobes anterior and posterior sitting behind the bridge of the nose close to the optic nerves at the base of the brain. The anterior section makes growth and puberty hormones and TSH which stimulates the thyroid gland to make thyroxine, prolactin and Adrenocorticotrophic hormone ACTH, which stimulates the adrenal stress hormone, cortisol. The posterior lobe makes the fluid balance hormone called anti-diuretic hormone ADH.

Tumours can develop and block hormone production or create an excess of hormones. Other rare disorders can include brain injury or pituitary infarction. The endocrine system consists of glands situated in different parts of the body, which produces hormones which regulate the activity of other organs and tissues in the body directly into the blood.

Pituitary disorders are rare and it is estimated that between 50,ooo and 70,000 people in the UK are affected, which equates to 0.08 - 0.11% of the population. During this awareness month; 'Getting Red Flagged' is about encouraging patients with Adrenal Insufficiency to register with their Ambulance Trust. Once a patient is red flagged on the Trust’s system, if the patient ever calls 999, the call will be flagged for priority attendance by a vehicle carrying emergency hydrocortisone. Adrenal crisis is life threatening and getting red flagged is an important safety precaution.

1. Speak to your GP and ensure you register with the ambulance service
2. Contact one of the charities set up to support those affected
3. Seek peer group support and ensure those around you understand your condition
4. Therapists; ensure you have up to date information and that your client is not contraindicated
4. Those affected can seek emotional support through counselling and psychotherapy to help them to deal with this life long condition. A range of FREE books, and self help guides are available on line and your local pharmacist will also be able to help you.

During October let us all become more aware of ourselves and our health.
Written by: Colorpurple Therapies
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