The hypothalamus is an area of the brain that produces hormones that control:
- Body temperature
- Release of hormones from many glands, especially the pituitary gland
- Sex drive
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Reviewed By: Ari S. Eckman, MD, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed byDavid Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.