Sex Hormone-binding Globulin (SHBG) is a protein synthesized by the liver which readily attaches to the sex hormones found in both men and women. These include Testosterone and Dihydrotestosterone found in males and Estradiol found in females. SHBG limits the number of hormones presented to the body. Although it binds to all three hormones, this test is used to detect the testosterone used by the body.
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Query: Hi doctor, I have substantial focal hair loss. Three blood tests have been taken, and the results are high in SHBG, but normal levels of testosterone. I am not on the contraceptive pill or any other medicine aside from DHEA, which was recently prescribed. DHEA low and proteins are also low. Is there... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Do you have normal DHT (dihydrotestosterone) and estrogen levels? I am asking this since you have elevated SBG (sex hormone-binding globulin). You can have hair loss with excess DHT or estrogen. Revert with the details to an internal medicine physician online --> h... Read Full »
Query: Hello doctor,I got bloodwork done for possible low T.My SHBG is higher, out of the normal range, even though the rest of my blood work is very good to excellent. My doctor told me that this is uncommon. I am curious as to how concerned I should be about this? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com.I read your query and seen your lab reports. (attachment removed to protect patient identiy).Your report does suggest some concerning things such as high creatinine and low GFR (glomerular filtration rate), which suggest kidney dysfunction and a high SHBG (sex hormone b... Read Full »
Query: Hi doctor, I am 34 years old. My weight is 84 kg. I am married for four years. I am unable to make a relationship with my wife. The erection problem is there for the past two years. I checked my testosterone level, which is 183. Why is it low? Please advise me the ways to increase the testosterone l... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your testosterone is quite low. We first need to find the cause of that. In that regard, I recommend the following tests to you. FBS (fasting blood sugar), PPBS (postprandial blood sugar), SHBG (sex hormone-binding globulin), TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone), serum pro... Read Full »
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 23 year old male. My height is 5'8" and weight is 63 kg. I am currently not using any kind of medicine. My beard is not growing completely and I notice less growth on my mustache. Please help me. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. There are two main causes of decreased beard hairs: Genetic. Hormonal imbalance. We cannot do anything more in genetics case, but we definitely can rectify the endocrinology cause. So, you need to go for a few investigations such as serum free testosterone, serum DHEAS ... Read Full »
Query: Hello doctor, I am an 18 year old, who weighs 95 kg, and I am obese. I have small testicles and penis. My testosterone level is 7.8. The test was done at 9 AM. I have very less body hair, little hair on my legs, and a lot of pubic hair. I have less beard growth and no hair in the armpits. I am con... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I just read your query and saw your detailed reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and from the history that you mentioned, it does seem that you might be possibly having Klinefelter syndrome but, there are some tests which are not confirming your di... Read Full »
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