The adrenal cortex secretes 4 main hormones, these include cortisol, aldosterone, and 2 weak androgens androstenedione and dehydroepiandrostenedione (DHEA). Cortisol is an important metabolic hormone, aldosterone is a hormone involved in salt and water homeostasis, and the androgens are regarded as having little physiological significance when gonadal function is normal. Due to multiple secretions, the adrenal cortex isn't a single endocrine gland.
- ↑ Silverthorn, D. (2013) Human Physiology: An Integrated Approach, 6th ed., Boston, Pearson Education pp.386-87
- ↑ Nussey S, Whitehead S. Endocrinology: An Integrated Approach. Oxford: BIOS Scientific Publishers; 2001. Chapter 4, The adrenal gland. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK26/