Study of 3.5 Million People Finds Human Hormones Change With The Seasons

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If you’re a little too grumpy these days, you could probably blame the change of season. Studies have found substantial evidence that humans have an internal seasonal clock that affects our hormones. For instance, our pituitary hormones, which it turns out are tuned to sunlight, could be giving peripheral glands a growth spurt in certain seasons, with impacts ranging from stress levels to one’s metabolism. Read full article here

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