Hormonal Balance: How to Lose Weight by Understanding Your Hormones and Metabolism by Scott Isaacs Dr. Bob's Guide to Balancing Female Hormones

Vasopressin is also known as Anti-Diuretic Hormone (ADH).

The glossary entry for this is repeated below:

Anti-Diuretic Hormone (ADH), also known as antidiuretic hormone and as vasopressin, is a hormone secreted by the posterior pituitary gland (an endocrine gland in the human body).

Anti-Diuretic Hormone increases reabsorption of water by the kidneys - which prevents the body from losing excessive amounts of water.

Insufficient anti-diuretic hormone can result in diabetes insipidus (a condition in which large amounts of urine are produced - note that diabetes insipidus is not to be confused with diabetes mellitus). Diabetes insipidus may be treated by administration of anti-diuretic hormone to the patient - either nasally or by injection.

Anti-Diuretic Hormone also causes constriction of blood vessels. Intravenous injections of this hormone are used to control bleeding from certain parts of the body by restricting blood flow.

See also: What is a Hormone ?

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