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What Does Low Calcium Levels Mean
Various things: Poor absorption due to unhealthy gut with food allergies and inflammation, low calcium intake, low parathyroid hormone, low vitamin d level - start 30iu per pound and measure level in 3 months and adjust dosing, low magnesium level. Have a doc check for the above and come up with a managment plan. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hypocalcemia refers to low measured levels of calcium in the blood. Symptoms of hypocalcemia may include numbness/tinglng of he hands and mouth or cramping. In severe cases, one's ability to think may be impaired. Hypocalcemia may be due to poor diet, vit d deficiency, disorders of the parathryoid ...Read more
PCOS?: An elevated level of dheas may indicate an adrenocortical tumor, adrenal cancer, or adrenal hyperplasia. An increased level of dheas is not diagnostic of a specific condition; it usually indicates the need for further testing to pinpoint the cause of the hormone imbalance. Polycystic ovarian syndrome:dheas may be elevated but may also be normal as this disorder is usually related to ovariaandrogen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stress: Cortisol is produced by our adrenal glands and we release more cortisol in response to stress. This could be either emotional stress or physiological stress such as low blood sugar, allergic reactions, toxic exposures etc. Rarely it could be a sign of cushing's disease (hyperadrenalism) or an adrenal tumor but this is unlikely, a holistic doctor may help you determine the source of stress. ...Read more
Low Hormone Levels: Hormone levels can be low for various reasons, and it depends on the hormone. Progesterone production starts dropping by the late 20s. Estrogen eventually drops in late perimenopause and menopause. Testosterone can be low at any age really. DHEA is an adrenal hormone and mild androgen, so tends to follow adrenal function. Cortisol is the stress hormone and can become low for several reasons. ...Read more
Low cortisol: It means exactly what it says -your health is impaired. Has any doctor told you that you have low cortisol? If yes but she/he has doe nothing about it find another doctor who will treat you better. ...Read more
Maybe iron deficient: Low iron saturation could indicate an overall iron deficiency, but there are other blood tests that need to be done to determine this. Most common causes for iron deficiency are poor absorption from the diet and blood loss. If left untreated, low iron can lead to anemia. ...Read more
All results: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, it would have been helpful to have all the results and actual values of the results. One possibility is deficiency of iron and folic acid and/or B12. ...Read more
Blood urea nitrogen : Or bun, is an indicator of kidney function, fluid balance, muscle turnover (breakdown and rebuilding). Normal BUN is between 7 and 20. A low BUN could be seen in a person with lower muscle mass or low muscle use (ex a paraplegic person) where there is less muscle turnover than in more active people. This could also suggest malnutrition. A low BUN could also be seen in liver failure, pregnancy. ...Read more
Need to look at T3 (liothyronine): And free t4. Low tsh, depending on the sensitivity of the assay, indicates thyroid hyper-function. However, the suspected hyperthyroidism needs to be confirmed with high levels of T3 (liothyronine) and free t4. All lab tests need to be evaluated in the clinical context and it would be prudent to take up the issue with your doctor. ...Read more
Long list of answers: High k (potassium) can be from lab error, released from red cells or from taking in more than the kidneys can remove. Typically from kidney trouble. Some medications make this more possible. Low k is found in patients who are volume depleted, drugs such as Lasix (furosemide) can make this happen. Some kidney diseases lead to k loss. These problems need expert attention. K problems are serious. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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