Medical students remember the three layers of the adrenal cortex, from outer to inner, with: “Salt, sugar, sex—the deeper you go, the sweeter it gets.” “The layers of the adrenal gland can also be described mnemonically according to their hyperfunction as ‘salt, sugar, sex, panic’” was cited in print in 1981. “For persons with a desire to memorize things easily, the 3 functions may be represented by the letter S, as salt, sugar, and sex” was cited in 1988.
A contributor to alt.folklore.science explained in 1996:
“On medical mnemonics we used to remember the hormones produced by the different levels of the adrenal gland by ‘Salt, sugar, sex: The lower you go the sweeter it gets.’”
Wikipedia: Adrenal cortex
Situated along the perimeter of the adrenal gland, the adrenal cortex mediates the stress response through the production of mineralocorticoids and glucocorticoids, including aldosterone and cortisol respectively. It is also a secondary site of androgen synthesis. Recent data suggest that adrenocortical cells under pathological as well as under physiological conditions show neuroendocrine properties; within the normal adrenal, this neuroendocrine differentiation seems to be restricted to cells of the zona glomerulosa and might be important for an autocrine regulation of adrenocortical function.
The adrenal cortex comprises three main zones, or layers.
Products of the adrenal cortex, from outer to inner layer: “Salt, sugar, sex; the deeper you go, the sweeter it gets.” (Salt=aldosterone, sugar=glucocorticoids, sex=sex hormones)
General Surgery 1-3
By John Joseph Byrne and Harry S. Goldsmith
Philadelphia, PA: Harper & Row
The layers of the adrenal gland can also be described mnemonically according to their hyperfunction as “salt, sugar, sex, panic” as tabulated in Table 1.
Boyd’s Introduction to the Study of Disease
By William Boyd
Edited by Huntington Sheldon
Philadelphia, PA: Lea & Febiger
For persons with a desire to memorize things easily, the 3 functions may be represented by the letter S, as salt, sugar, and sex. For the others, these categories are the mineralocorticoids, the glucocorticoids, and the androgenic hormones.
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Science memory aids
On medical mnemonics we used to remember the hormones produced by the different levels of the adrenal gland by “Salt, sugar, sex: The lower you go the sweeter it gets”
Internal Medicine Medical Student: USMLE board parts II and III:
Pearls of Wisdom
By Michael Zevitz, Scott H. Plantz and Jonathan Adler
Boston, MA: Boston Medical Pub. Corp.
What hormones are produced by the adrenal cortex?
Mineralocorticoids, glucocorticoids, and androgenic steroids. (Remember: Salt, sugar, sex.)
The Art of Medicine:
What Every Doctor and Patient Should Know
By Kevin J. Soden
Philadelphia, PA: Mosby
From out to in, remember “salt, sugar and sex. The deeper you go, the sweeter it gets.”
Henry Duong, M.D.
what i learned today: GFR= Salt, Sugar, Sex “The deeper you go, the sweeter it gets.”
5:52 PM - 24 Feb 2008
Preparing to Pass the Medical Assisting Exam
By Carlene Harrison and Valerie Weiss
Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers
On the adrenal gland on kidneys
Aldosterone (salt), cortisol (sugar), androgens (sex)
Mnemonic: Salt, sugar, sex: The deeper you go, the sweeter it gets!
Professors tip for remembering the adrenal gland layers. “Salt-sugar-sex. The deeper you go the better it gets” 😳
12:11 AM - 26 Jun 2013
“the deeper you go,the sweeter it gets”
4:22 AM - 6 May 2015