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What Is A Higher Than Average Rheumatoid Factor Count
What is an estradiol level range that is low for any part of the cycle of a healthy young woman? Is less than 20 too low? Mine is never higher than 32
Too low: Yes, twenty is quite low for a young woman. Furthermore, your Estradiol level should be well above 32 during most of your cycle. Since there could be many causes of this you would need to be evaluated by an endocrinologist or gynecologist - sometimes both. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rheumatoid factor (rf) is a test that is often sent to evaluate a person with joint pain and stiffness . A positive rf has to be interpreted in the context of the patients symptoms. Sometimes the + rf is false, and not clinically related to the patients symptoms. Rf can be +ve in other conditions such as infections and certain cancers. Some patients with rheumatoid arthritis ...Read more
Not the number only: A titer of 1:18 for ds dna is elevated, and is often associated with systemic lupus erythematosus. However, it is the trend in value that is more significant than a single one-time read. So in 6 months, if it is 1:36, that would be more of an indication that the disease is progressing or non-responsive to treatment. ...Read more
Lymphocyte count: What is your total white count? Absolute neutrophil count and absolute lymphocyte count? We need to know them before answering question. Slightly lymphocytosis can be seen with viral infections or pertussis but if you have predominant lymphocytosis, than it could be a clonal blood disorder like cll and will need further testing by a test called peripheral blood flow cytometry. ...Read more
What percentage of woman have a diastolic blood pressure less than 60 mm hg? Is it normal and expected?
Good health: A low diastolic is not bad, in and of itself. Mine is <50. What could be a problem is if it is usually >70 or 80, and then suddenly drops to 60, you don't have enough pressure during the resting phase of your heart beat to keep blood pressure or flow to the brain. There is not really a difference between men and women, per se, so i cannot reliably answer that question for women. ...Read more
I've read that a low cd 4/cd 8 ratio may indicate hiv. What would a ratio that is double the amount of an average ratio indicate?
It's unclear: Fat has recently been found to be a major source of hormones and inflammatory cytokines. These hormones may have an increased influence on the heart and other organs when the fat that produces them is distributed within the abdomen as what is called visceral adiposity. The waist/hip ratio measures the visceral adiposity associated with heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure/cholesterol. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Would 176 RA IgM factor be considered a low positive for rheumatoid factor. What would be considered a positive level. My ccp level is normal.
It is positive: The level is not as important as what is your clinical examination and other findings. The positive rheumatoid factor by itself does not mean you have arthritis. There are other things that you rheumatologist will look forward to help clarify whether the positive rheumatoid factor is due to rheumatoid arthritis or something else. ...Read more
Normal blood glucose levels for an average perso n is approximately 90mg/100ml. What is the bgl for a person with diabetes mellitus?
Same!!!: You want to aim for fasting levels of 90 or below and post meals of 120 or less. Anything above that will eventually cause damage to the body. Since this contrl is very difficult we try to aim for less than 200 after meals and about 100-105 fasting. Problem is that it still causes damage and close control may bottom out your blood sugar levels that is also a medical emergency. ...Read more
Aside from the obvious blood test, how would one possibly know if cholesterol is higher than normal, assuming one's about 120 pound, or average weight?
Test: Many times the cholesterol level has nothing to do with one's body weight. Of course, if you are significantly overweight, the likelihood of having a higher cholesterol level is increased but many people with normal weight can have abnormal cholesterol levels, either in absolute value or in terms of an abnormal ratio of its components. Therefore only a blood test can provide accurate information. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Had 2 babies over 40. Is that considered high risk for breast cancer? Breastfeed both. How much higher of a risk than average woman.
Minimal if any: We don't truly understand what "causes" breast cancer outside certain mutations (brca1/2) ; in most cases its a combination of factors - gene switches ; lifetime experiences. Many items associated w/ "risk" have been identified such as early menarche, late 1st period, mammo density. These are not causes but likely surrogates for other influencing factors. #1 risk: being female and having breast. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do not worry: If you do not have symptoms and do not drink alcohol, an isolated reading of a mildly elevated lipase is not some thing to be concerned about. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Possible for large doses of ibuprofen to affect blood test for rheumatoid arthritis/inflammation? My rf factor is in normal range as is ESR test.
If plasma fibrinogen is less than 0.5g/L (50mg/dL) does that mean less chance of developing a deadly blood clot in a lung or other vein?
Why do you ask?: In coagulation, thing are never "everything else being equal." This value is about a third of the lower limit of the common reference range. Start figuring why. Was it diluted after fluid replacement after hemorrhage? Serious liver disease? Low from a genetic defect? A mutated fibrinogen may work but not be measured. Protection from blood clots is unlikely as this is driven by other factors. ...Read more
Any age.: I have seen blood pressure in overweight teenagers, and there are certain diseases that predispose to blood pressure becoming high early. In people who have strong family history, are obese, and are physically out of shape, it is not uncommon to see high blood pressure in the mid to late 30s. I find by the 50s, even some very thin and fit people can have high blood pressure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is more significant lymphocyte and neutrophollis percents or absolute counts? And is 3.4 potassium level low?
My gad-65 antibody level is 3.4 u/ml. Is this considered low or high? Could it be related to something other than type 1 diabetes?
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