Dear Dr. Motola,
Four years ago I had surgery for a left inguinal
hernia, which unfortunately resulted in uncorrected internal post-op bleeding
causing ischemia and subsequent atrophy to the left testicle. Until
recently, I've never had my testosterone level checked against the reference
range. I am 83 years old and in very good health. I am told the normal
reference range is 200 to 900, hence my question ... is 259 good or bad
and is it dependent upon both testes functioning? My PSA level averages
3.5 and DRE tests are always normal. I have BPH . I am sexually active but not
as frequently as in the past.
start to fall after age 40. Symptoms
associated with decreased levels include memory loss, mood changes, depression ,
increased fat mass, loss of muscle mass, and a decrease in sexual function. These
symptoms are also associated with the aging process. Many times patients may
experience some of these symptoms, h...
You want to control your diabetes as much as possible. You wouldn't be reading this if you didn't. So you regularly check your A1C level. This is the best measurement of our blood glucose control that we have now. It tells us what percentage of our hemoglobin -- the protein in our red blood cells that carry oxygen -- has glucose sticking to it. The less glucose that remains in our bloodstream rather than going to work in the cells that need it the better we feel now and the better our health will continue to be. As we are able to control our diabetes better and better, the reasonable goal is to bring our A1C levels down to normal -- the A1C level that people who don't have diabetes have. But before we can even set that goal, we have to know what the target is. The trouble with setting that target is that different experts tell us that quite different A1C levels are "normal." They tell us that different levels are normal -- but I have never heard of actual studies of normal A1C leve...
Alternative Names Serum angiotensin-converting enzyme; SACE Normal Values Normal values vary based on your age and the test method used. Typically, adults have ACE levels less than 40 micrograms/L. Normal value ranges may vary slightly among different laboratories. Talk to your doctor about the meaning of your specific test results. What abnormal results mean Increased ACE levels may be a sign of sarcoidosis. However, increased ACE levels may also be seen in several other disorders, including: Active histoplasmosis Amyloidosis Asbestosis Berylliosis Diabetes Emphysema Gaucher's disease Hepatitis Hodgkin's disease Hyperthyroidism Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis Leprosy Lung cancer Nephrotic syndrome Primary biliary cirrhosis Pulmonary embolism Scleroderma Silicosis Tuberculosis A decrease in ACE levels may indicate: Steroid therapy (usually prednisone) Therapy for sarcoidosis
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