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What does it mean when your dheas level is double and all other test are normal..cortisol test-normal, testosterone-normal,glucose and insulin normal

By Anonymous August 9, 2010 - 2:06pm
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I have increased amounts of hair on face, arms, and stomach, I am having skin dicoloration on face and have gained weight, I am irritable, but menstrual cycle is normal.

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Anon - We aren't able to provide you with a diagnosis or interpretation of your test results, but we can provide general information to assist you.

The purpose of the test is to determine whether a person's DHEA-S concentration is normal and to help evaluate their adrenal gland function. In women, the test may be done for those with excess facial and body hair (hirsutism), acne, amenorrhea, or infertility.

The adrenal glands are the part of the body responsible for releasing three different classes of hormones. These hormones control many important functions in the body, such as:

* Maintaining metabolic processes, such as managing blood sugar levels and regulating inflammation
* Regulating the balance of salt and water
* Controlling the "fight or flight" response to stress
* Maintaining pregnancy
* Initiating and controlling sexual maturation during childhood and puberty

The adrenal glands are also an important source of sex steroids, such as estrogen and testosterone.

Do you have an appointment with your doctor to discuss the test results?

August 9, 2010 - 6:51pm
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