What are the different kinds of hormones?

There are several hundred different types of hormones. The group we hear about most often is the steroid hormones, which are all derived from cholesterol. The steroid family of hormones can be broken down into five major categories:

  1. the estrogens (DHEA, testosterone, androstenedione)
  2. progesterone
  3. glucocorticoids (cortisol, cortisone) mineralcorticoids (aldosterone)


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