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Causes Of Low Ferritin Levels In Men
Ferritin is protein complex that binds iron and controls iron levels inside all of our cells. Low levels in the serum is a useful marker of iron deficiency. Macrophages are cells that contain large amounts of ferritin, and this that helps them scavenge RBC at sites of old hemorrhage. High serum ferritin levels occurs from macrophage activation and is a ...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
Age: Low hormones comes from aging. The degenerative process starts at 30 when everyone loses about 1-3% of hormones per year. This can be expedited by poor lifestyle: too much drinking, drugs/pain pills, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, chronic diseases, trauma and poor diet. Change your lifestyle to improve your health. ...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
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
Low Blood Count: This is a rare situation for younger men. So, it must be taken seriously. First would be a general sense of one's health. Are there any chronic illnesses or infections? Next would be if there could be a bleeding ulcer or other situation in the GI tract. Any good medical provider will investigate this situation fully to make sure the cause is identified and treated. ...Read more
See below: SHBG levels are decreased by androgens, administration of anabolic steroids, polycystic ovary syndrome, hypothyroidism, obesity, Cushing's syndrome, and acromegaly. Low SHBG levels increase the probability of Type 2 Diabetes. See link for detailed info. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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