16 Oct Why the Sex Hormone Binding Globulin is So Important
We have several different hormones in our bodies that help regulate various important bodily functions that many of us take for granted. One of these essential hormones is the sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG). The more you know about this hormone, the better prepared you will be if you find yourself dealing with an SHBG deficiency.
What is the Sex Hormone Binding Globulin?
SHBG is a protein made by the liver that binds to the three different sex hormones found in both men and women: estrogen, dihydrotestosterone, and testosterone. The sex hormone binding globulin is responsible for caring these three sex hormones through your blood. People often notice issues with SHBG because they have issues with their testosterone circulating through the body—which can lead to some noticeable side effects and symptoms in both men and women. The amount of SHBG in the blood can change as a result of aging or due to health issues like hyperthyroidism or even obesity.
Do I Need to Test for SHBG?
There are blood tests you can take to determine your SHBG levels in the body. If you or your healthcare provider suspect you have low testosterone levels, they may check for this protein. Typically, low testosterone side effects include fatigue, low sex drive, brain fog, impotence and more. Testing for this hormone can help diagnose various conditions and help you determine if you have low testosterone. The test is a simple blood test and is quick and relatively painless.
If You Have High SHBG Levels
Just because you have high SHBG problems doesn’t necessarily mean there is a problem. Your high SHBG levels may be related to other health issues such as obesity, hypothyroidism or type 2 diabetes. It may also be the culprit for the symptoms you are experiencing related to low testosterone. Either way, by diagnosing the problem, you can start exploring your different treatment options so that you can find the best way to start feeling like yourself again.
If you have questions about your hormones or are worried you may have a hormonal imbalance, give LT Men’s Clinic a call at 817-369-3605 to schedule an appointment today. We can test your hormone levels and find the best treatment that will help improve your overall quality of life.