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What Should Hormone Levels Be
A hormone (from greek ὁρμή, "impetus") is a chemical released by a cell or a gland in one part of the body that sends out messages that affect cells in other parts of the organism. Only a little amount of hormone is required to alter cell metabolism. In essence, it is a chemical messenger that transports a signal from ...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
Tsh: First trimester: 0.24 - 2.99 second trimester: .46-2.95 third trimester: .43 - 2.78. ...Read more
Depends: If you were 20 years old it would be low but it you were 40 it would be great! most women with an amh greater than 2.0 will conceive more easily than women with an amh lower than 1.0 . An amh of 2 is is about average for a 36 year old. Also remember testing from location to location vary and what may be normal for laborp labs may be different for quest labs or a hospital lab. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Menopause: You don't have to, but this will help establish the diagnosis. ...Read more
Not measured!: If you had a hysterectomy with oophotectomy (which is removal of the ovaries) your FSH will go very high, usually into the 100's. The FSH responds differently in different people to HRT. In some it does not change in others it comes to undetectable. What is important is how you feel not a number! Also, know in situation it is safe and appropriate to be on HRT, see link. ...Read more
If I want to asses my hormone levels (I'm male) specifically testosterone, what other hormones should I also get checked that may impact test lvls?
I have abnormally high testosterone and dhea levels. Should i be concerned? Are there any specific tests I should undergo to determine the cause?
How high?: I don't know what abnormally high levels mean, but with your current endocrine problems you definitely should be seeing a quality endocrinologist on a regular basis; it's much better than asking questions on the internet. ...Read more
Hashimotos: The most common cause is hashimotos thyroiditis, which is an autoimmune slow destruction of the thyroid. It tends to run in families, but not perfectly. It is easy to fix with thyroid replacement. ...Read more
Yes.: This is a test that can be done on your blood. ...Read more
Not necessarily....: Generally, symptoms (such as fatigue, low muscle mass, low libido, etc.) are primary drivers of whether most people need to replace testosterone. The medical field is beginning to realize, though, that low testosterone levels are risk factors for a variety of chronic illnesses including dementia and earlier death. An informed conversation regarding the available literature is always a start. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Pregnant: Pregnant at age fifty can work out just fine but you need to see your obstetrician regularly. Obstetricians really know what they are doing to help you. ...Read more
Tsh level is a 3 which is causing pharmacist to be concerned. I do have many symptoms of hypothyroidism, what tests should be done?
Normal TSH 0.45-4.5: Why is your pharmacist concerned? Tsh of 3 is normal. Of course, we're trained to treat the person, not just the numbers so many of us will prescribe enough medication to achieve TSH of 1-2. Tsh less than 0.45 increases risk for hyperthyroidism eg palpitations, tremors, anxiety, insomnia, bone loss, etc. Further testing depends upon your symptoms. Bottom line: talk to your doc who ordered test. ...Read more
Hyperthyroidism: If you are hyperthyroid, it uaually causes symptoms; common ones are heat intolerance, palpitations, nervousness, tremor, diarrhea, irritability. It causes bone loss (osteoporosis) over time. It places a stress on your heart, which may be tolerated when young, but not with aging. Commonly caused by graves disease, toxic nodular goiter. It can be treated; you may need to see an endocrinologist. ...Read more
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