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Hormones are chemical substances produced by the body to control and regulate the activity of cells and organs. Hormones are typically produced and secreted by specialized glands. Men and women also have hormones that help their body act in specific ways. Men have a high level of a hormone called testosterone. Women have a high level of a hormone known as estrogen.
Hormones play in integral role in supporting the body's day to day functioning. Hormones are involved in processes including digestion, growth, reproduction, mood control, metabolism, and other functions. An imbalance in hormone production can cause detrimental effects to daily functioning. In some cases, if the body cannot regulate or produce the proper hormones, hormone therapy treatments are used. Most hormones are involved in more than one bodily process.