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What Can Cause H Cg Levels To Fluctuate
Diet & exercise: Moderate exercise (about 30 minutes 5 times a week) reduces LDL cholesterol and raises HDL cholesterol. Smoking can lower HDL levels, so stop smoking if you do. Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean sources of protein. Include monounsaturated fats in your diet- olive oil/canola oil. Moderate consumption of alcohol may also positively impact HDL levels. 1 glass of wine a day. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Luteal phase defect: Low Progesterone levels may be associated with a cause of recurrent miscarriage called a luteal phase defect and is treatable with first trimester progesterone. Extremely low progesterones and abnormal HCG levels may well be an ectopic or tubal pregnancy. Not everyone's HCG doubles every 2-3 days like we make them think. A 20% rise every 2-3 days may be normal and eventually you plateau. ...Read more
High prolactin: Hi. High prolactin (PRL) is most often caused by a benign pituitary tumor that makes PRL. There are certain drugs that can cause hyperprolactinemia, such as anti-dopaminergic drugs and narcotics. Your gender isn't stated. If you're a woman, it can make your periods cease (but at your age, menopause is knocking, so that must be considered). It can also cause breast milk not related to childbirth. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ammonia levels: They fluctuate normally depending on what you liver is doing and meds you are taking. Lets do 2nd opinion and find out more. ...Read more
Life: Spot acth levels fluctuate tremendously just from the transient stresses of living, or even without. Even if elevated from disease, they'll fluctuate wildly. This is why we try to suppress them and if we can't, disease is likely. ...Read more
Pituitary hormone: Prolactin is a hormone normally made by the pituitary gland during pregnancy and after delivery to cause breast milk production. Other causes for high prolactin include: pituitary tumors (usually benign), certain medications, narcotics. Mild elevations are sometimes seen related to the stress of blood drawing. ...Read more
Pituitary or testes?: In general, one can think of low testosterone as either being due to dysfunction in the pituitary ("master gland"), or the testes themselves. Checking pituitary hormones (prolactin, lh, fsh) can distinguish between these two categories, and let your doctor determine whether scanning is needed. Illness and narcotic drugs will alter pituitary function, while alcohol injures the testes to cause low t. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
FSH is 28 and LH 10.2 due to chemo damage to testicles. T levels are normal, but could the elevated FSH/LH levels predispose me to Gynomastia?
Unlikely: Unlikely with normal T. Gynecomastia triggered by a decrease in the amount of the hormone testosterone compared with estrogen. Most cases of gynecomastia either idiopathic or related to medications. Elevated FSH: implies damage to the sperm producing cells which make up most of the volume of the testis. Elevated LH: implies damage to the Leydig cells in the testis which produce testosterone. ...Read more
Dihydrotestosterone: Dht is one of two metabolites of testosterone (estradiol is the other). You can easily check for both via simple blood draw. Reference ranges will vary depending upon lab & equipment used, therefore specific test ordered. High Dht is associated w/hair loss & enlarged prostate. We can lower Dht w/5ari, eg Finasteride & dutasteride, but might increase Estradiol (think seesaw effect). So check both. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on the type of cancer. The highest levels are seen in an uncommon entity called hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis. You may consult this site for more information on this entity. http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/hematology_and_blood_disorders/hemophagocytic_lymphohistiocystosis_134,212/ ...Read more
Lots of reasons: Many acute infections raise iron-binding proteins in the blood briefly. Popping a few iron pills can do it. Hemochromatosis, anemia of chronic disease and a few others often do it as well. Remember reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside at either end. Always look at the big picture when considering labs. ...Read more
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