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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

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 more

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Dr. Chokkalingam Siva
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Rheumatoid Factor (Definition)

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


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What is the number one risk factor for heart disease?

What is the number one risk factor for heart disease?

Many factors: Are related to heart disease risk including age, cholesterol, blood pressure, smoking diet and activity. While age is the most important when calculating risk, some of the other factors may be more important when contemplating changes that can be made to lower risk. ...Read more

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What is considered a highly positive dsdna? Mine is 18 with a normal range of less than 9.

What is considered a highly positive dsdna?  Mine is 18 with a normal range of less than 9.

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

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What would be the average/most common age range for developing type 1 diabetes?

What would be the average/most common age range for developing type 1 diabetes?

10-15 years: The incidence varies by country. See: <a href="<a href="http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/16911623"" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/16911623"</a>; rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><a href="http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/16911623</a>" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/16911623</a></a>; & <a href="<a href="http://www.Pitt.Edu/~iml. ...Read more

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Had 2 babies over 40. Is that considered high risk for breast cancer? Breastfeed both. How much higher of a risk than average woman.

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 more

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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?

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?

Depends: A very low cd4/cd8 may be suggestive but it is far from diagnostic. You need to look for the HIV particles. A doubling of a normal ratio is usually indicative of any type of infection. ...Read more

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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?

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

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What percentage of woman have a diastolic blood pressure less than 60 mm hg? Is it normal and expected?

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

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If your waist to hip ratio is high, why is it a risk factor for heart disease?

If your waist to hip ratio is high, why is it a risk factor for heart disease?

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 more

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Is a lipase number of 83 high?they say the cutoff for normal level is 60

Is a lipase number of 83 high?they say the cutoff for normal level is 60

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

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At what age is a person susceptible for high blood pressure?

At what age is a person susceptible for high blood pressure?

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 more

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Is a certain population at a higher risk of inheriting angelman?

Is a certain population at a higher risk of inheriting angelman?

Not usually: On www.Angelman.Org there is an explanation of the ways in which the genetic errors that cause angelman syndrome can occur.In a very few cases, there is an alteration in mother's ub3a gene or a balanced translocation on her chromosome 15 that increases risk, but usually it's a new mutation. ...Read more

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Is there a treatment for high creatinine other than dialysis?

Is there a treatment for high creatinine other than dialysis?

Treat the cause: Kidney disease is the most likely cause of high creatinine. Treating obstruction of the urinary tract, infection of the kidneys and possible drug damage or autoimmune diseases like lupus need to be considered before committing to life long dialysis. A discussion with your doctor is needed. You need to be certain that you need dialysis in order to tolerate the life style changes coming to you. ...Read more

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What number of reasons can you justify for the RBC count in males being higher than that of females?

What number of reasons can you justify for the RBC count in males being higher than that of females?

Homework problem: I would not assign this question. After puberty, men have considerably more testosterone than do women and this promotes the growth of red blood cells. Women have periods and thus tend to lose iron, and pregnancy depletes iron and folic acid, and a woman may thus be anemic as a result. However, this should not happen. The major reason is testosterone. I hope this is the answer teacher wants. ...Read more

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My lymphocyte percent is higher than my neutrophil percent is this from a disease process ?

My lymphocyte percent is higher than my neutrophil percent is this from a disease process ?

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

Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Rheumatism (Definition)

"rheumatism" is an older term, not used much today. Most people are referring to pain and swelling in the joints when they use this term. People may mean something different when they use this term in contrast to when they refer ...Read more