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Causes Of Low Energy Levels In Women
Possibly: Iron deficiency can cause weakness and fatigue, which can feel like body aches. Other symptoms can be pale skin, dizziness, decreased exercise tolerance and irritability. If you think this describes how you're feeling you can see your physician and they will run blood work to check for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ignore it: Reference ranges are there to include most but not all healthy people. If your physician is not concerned, i would not be either. ...Read more
Testosterone: Testosterone causes some proliferation of the red cell precursors at puberty. I suspect this is the result of natural selection as early humans were hunter-gatherers. High hemoglobin improves aerobic fitness (ask a sports cheater), and allows faster running. Survival requires you run faster than the next guy when you're both being chased by a bear. ...Read more
Is low shbg in males independent of low testosterone? Can both low shbg and low testosterone derive from the same underlying cause?
Sex Hormone Binding: Globulin (SHBG) is a protein derived from the liver. Having a medical condition that causes low SHBG can decrease a patient's Total Testosterone level, but their Free Testosterone (Biologically Active) should remain normal. Patients can have an illness that causes low SHBG that also makes them ill enough to cause decreased Testosterone production. Any illness can decrease LH and Testosterone. ...Read more
Many: High bs can lead to glucosuria (spelling of sugar in the urine) and on the long turn if persistent, enodothelial damage (inner wall of the blood vessels). Low bs on the other hand, can trigger a cascade of chemical reactions, namely ketone formation, elevated adrenaline, growth hormone, cortisol and sympathetic nervous system activation. ...Read more
Many possibilities: If you're worried about having too much t in a woman, go see your family doc to look for polycystic ovarian syndrome, cushing's, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, ovarian/adreanl tumors, and even some medications. Women can also get too much t from their male partners who take transdermal or topical t to treat their andropause. So make sure your partner's t dries long enough before you touch him! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Yes low testosterone is associated with wieght gain. This does not mean you should take testosterone. The more important issue (if you have low t) is why is your t low in the first place? A high soy diet for example can lower t. Insulin resistance as a result of a high carb/sugar diet can transform your testosterone into estrogen which can most definitely increase fat in your chest. See a good doc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: There are lists of common symptoms you can check online, but there are also more subtle things like what you mention. Less tolerance for pain is another. But the best idea is to have lab work and discuss possible supplemental Tx w/ your Dr. There are some risks but if it can help - that's be great! Good luck finding help. ...Read more
Other diseases: If you ask me what causes low o2 in a perfectly normal and healthy elderly it makes a difference. There is an alveolar to arterial ratio that changes with age, and o2 is lower in elderly by this notion alone but no to point of hypoxia. There is such thing as senile emphysema by age alone, with the changes like that of the skin. See the compressibility of finger as the machine could restrict pulse. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many causes: Any problem in the testosterone pathway from the brain to the pituitary to the testicle can lead to low testosterone levels. Levels decline as you get older, but not to below normal levels. Medication, trauma, alcohol, tobacco, radiation, toxins can all lead to low t levels. Check w/your doctor. ...Read more
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