If a product called Thyroxine Rx had an effect on your weight and TSH Rx an effect on your O2 intake, what would that mean for your endocrine system?Meaning what about the endocrine function of the...

If a product called Thyroxine Rx had an effect on your weight and TSH Rx an effect on your O2 intake, what would that mean for your endocrine system?

Meaning what about the endocrine function of the animal was affected- hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid.

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bandmanjoe eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Well, thyroxine is the hormone secreted by the cells of the thyroid gland.  The thyroid gland is responsible for regulating metabolism within the body, which is the rate at which the bodys cells use glucose in cellular respiration.  If thyroxine Rx was combined with TSH Rx, which increases the amount of oxygen absorption by the body, it would be reasonable to expect an increase in enrgy production by cellular respiration in the cells of the body.  This would accelerate all processes involved in the maintenance of homeostasis, the bodys interaction between all body systems to maintain good overall health for the body.  It would be synonymous to stepping on the gas pedal in your car; you increase the energy production overall, resulting in a faster pace, or acceleration, for the car in general.

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