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hormones and their actions

stimulates reabsorption of water; hyposecretion causes diabetes insipidus antidiuretic hormone (ADH)
stimulates cells to take up and use glucose; hyposecretion causes diabetes mellitus growth hormone
stimulates secretion of cortisol; hypersecretion causes Cushing’s disease corticosteroids
stimulates gluconeogenesis and glucose release by liver; hypersecretion causes steroid diabetes mineralocorticoid
directly stimulates growth of cartilage and bone; hypersecretion in an adult enlarges hands, feet and jaw (acromegaly) insulin
stimulates secretion of potassium ions (K+); hyposecretion seen in Addison’s disease adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH or Corticotropin)
maintains basal metabolic rate; hyposecretion causes mental retardation and disproportionate bone growth in an infant (cretinism) growth hormone
hyposecretion causes short, but proportional, stature  thyroid hormone
hypersecretion causes increased metabolic rate leading to tachycardia and weight loss oxytocin
stimulates release of milk and labor contractions  thyroid hormone

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