What does the hormone calcitonin do?
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Beside this, what happens when you have too much calcitonin?
If too much calcitonin is found in the blood, it may be a sign of a type of thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid cancer (MTC). High levels may also be a sign of other thyroid diseases that can put you at a higher risk for getting MTC.
Subsequently, question is, what happens when thyroid releases calcitonin? Calcitonin is released by the thyroid gland if the amount of calcium in the bloodstream is high. Calcitonin decreases the amount of calcium and phosphorus in the blood. It does this by slowing the activity of cells found in bone, called osteoclasts. These cells cause calcium to be released as they 'clean' bone.
Also, what stimulates the release of calcitonin?
Calcitonin secretion is stimulated by increases in the serum calcium concentration and calcitonin protects against the development of hypercalcemia. Calcitonin is also stimulated by gastrointestinal hormones such as gastrin.
Is calcitonin a steroid hormone?
Calcitonin is a 32 amino acid peptide hormone secreted by parafollicular cells (also known as C cells) of the thyroid gland in humans, and in many other animals in the ultimopharyngeal body.