What hormone regulates electrolyte and water balance?
There are three hormones that play key roles in regulating fluid and electrolyte balance: 1) antidiuretic hormone, released from the posterior pituitary; 2) aldosterone, secreted from the adrenal cortex; and 3) atrial natriuretic peptide, produced by the heart.
When the body has excess water, thirst is suppressed. An interaction between the pituitary gland and the kidneys provides another mechanism. When the body is low in water, the pituitary gland (located at the base of the brain) secretes vasopressin (also called antidiuretic hormone) into the bloodstream.
- The kidneys maintain our body's water balance by controlling the water concentration of blood plasma. The kidneys also control salt levels and the excretion of urea. Water that is not put back into the blood is excreted in our urine.
- The relationship between the kidney and bone is highly complex, and the kidney plays an important role in the regulation of bone development and metabolism. The kidney is the major organ involved in the regulation of calcium and phosphate homeostasis, which is essential for bone mineralization and development.
- The kidneys secrete a variety of hormones, including erythropoietin, calcitriol, and renin. Erythropoietin is released in response to hypoxia (low levels of oxygen at tissue level) in the renal circulation. It stimulates erythropoiesis (production of red blood cells) in the bone marrow.
Updated: 21st November 2019