Sorry, but a tropic hormone is not a sexy person on the beach, although it may seem that way. But, I can see how you may have thought that. In reality, these hormones are essential for life. They stimulate the adrenal cortex in the brain to release glucosteroids; they stimulate the production of eggs and sperms and act on human the ovary and testes via sex hormones. They stimulate the thyroid gland to release thyroid hormones. These hormones are hardly spring-breakers on a tropical beach.
What are these stay at home hormones?
The tropic hormones definition is pretty simple: These particular hormones target other hormones to perform their respective duty. Other hormones act on cells whereas tropic hormones target other hormones. They are produced and secreted by the anterior pituitary gland. When the body has a process that is scheduled to occur, the anterior pituitary gland released the respective tropic hormone to its particular target.
Think about it this way: When I became a teenager, my anterior pituitary gland sent the lueteinizing hormones (LH) loose to stimulate my ovaries and the follicle-stimulating hormones (FSH) to in turn stimulate the production of eggs. That is one function of tropic hormones in a nutshell.
What are the four tropic hormones?
The four tropic hormones include the two mentioned above, LH and FSH. Those two are referred to as gonadotropic because they act on the sex organs of males and females. The two others are called the Adrenocorticotropic hormones (ATCH) that stimulate the production of steroid hormones by the adrenal cortex which releases glucosteroids and the Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) that makes and releases thyroid hormones.
Aren’t all hormones the same?
It would be reasonable for a non-scientist to think that since tropic hormones effect the sexual reproductive organs as gonadotropins that there would be a connection to human growth organs, but that would be faulty reasoning. There is no connection between the two. Human Growth Hormones are stimulated within the pituitary gland and target cellular changes; whereas tropic hormones are produced and secreted in the anterior pituitary gland, and target other hormones to take action. The confusion is understandable. I wondered the same thing. Just keep those areas separate in your thinking and you will be good as gold. It worked for me.
This is just a short chapter of the human hormonal story
The human body has 30 hormones raging through the body to regulate everything it does. The way you are and how you are is tied to how those hormones are programmed within you. The way my body functions to create life can be attributed to at least 2 to of the 4 tropics. When my ovaries woke up all those years ago, the cycle of egg production began I became a woman instead of a girl (Womb-man). When the HGH provided my body with the size and physical maturity to procreated, I became an adult bodied person with an active reproductive system. Other hormones would need more time for the brain to catch up with the body for full-grown adulthood. But that is another story. Stick to the chapter on tropic hormones for now.