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What Causes High Calcium Blood Levels In Menopausal Women
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
Albumin deficiency: Total calcium is attached to albumin, an important protein in the blood. Your serum calcium may be erroneously normal if your ionized calcium is significantly elevated, look at Albumin level and also repeat the calcium tests to make sure no mistake. May need to look at mg, phos, and intact pth. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on the age: Probably most common is hyperthecosis, an ovarioan issue that occurs after menopause. Testosterone and testosterone like substances come from two sources most commonly, ovaries and adrenal glands. A specialist can figure this out for you. Teststerone secreting tumors are extraordinarily rare. ...Read more
Need More tests: A single blood sample may not accurately reflect cortisol levels as peak values may have occurred at a different point during the daily cycle, producing a normal blood sample when cortisol levels are actually elevated. The elevation would be detected, however, by 24-hour urine cortisol levels. High urine cortisol can be caused by cushing's, lung cancer, adrenal tumors. ...Read more
Yes, and no.: Sodium and potassium are both positive elements that when combined with negative chloride molecules make salts that are both important parts of serum, and potassium in particular an important element in red blood cells (nb: sea water is very similar in composition to our blood). Abnormalities of potassium (hypo or hyperkalemia) or sodium (hypo/hypernatremia) are very distinct entities. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In PCOS patients can high bioavailable testosterone cause high LH, or does the high LH cause bio test to increase? Insulin, total testosterone normal.
Testosterone: testosterone production in females in mostly from the theca cells of the ovarian cortex, stimulated by LH from the pituitary. High testosterone may feedback to suppress LH, but not the other way around. The amount of available (free) vs. bound is not directly influenced by LH. ...Read more
What are symptoms of high prolactin levels? Is it dangerous if a women have high prolactin levels?What causes high prolactin levels?
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
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