I recently got my hormone levels tested, my SHBG is above range?

Hello, I recently got my hormone levels tested (female) and all the other levels were within normal range apart from SHBG which was above range at 187 nmol/l. I have no idea how harmful or dangerous that is – my gp just reported my results as ‘normal’ (eventhough the maximum level for SHBG is 144 nmol/l?). I have a history of eating disorder and read that could contribute to SHBG level. Is my SHBG level dangerous and how can I lower it?


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2 Comments on “I recently got my hormone levels tested, my SHBG is above range?

  1. Hi..
    Thanks for the query..

    SHBG [Sex Hormone Binding Globulin] is a protein that binds tightly to the hormones testosterone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT), and estradiol (an estrogen). It’s role is to transport these hormones throughout your blood to other tissues in your body.

    The sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) test may be used to help evaluate men for low testosterone and women for excess testosterone production.

    Compared to men, women naturally have higher levels of SHBG.

    Increased SHBG levels in women may be seen in:

    -Liver disease
    -Eating disorders (anorexia nervosa)
    -Corticosteroids or estrogen use (hormone replacement therapy and oral contraceptives). These can be the culpit of your high SHBG level.
    -Decreased sex hormone production (hypogonadism)

    Women with high levels of SHBG have less available testosterone in their bodies. That’s bad news for any lady since testosterone plays a important role in maintaining energy levels, muscle development, bone health, and your sex drive.

    So it is better to consult an Endocrinologist and get a thorough evaluation done and treatment can be done accordingly..

    Hope this helps..


  2. Hi..
    I would also like to know from you that what are the symptoms that you are facing and what was the purpose for which you have got your SHBG levels checked..
    Also please let me know that what is your age, sex, any history of past illness other than eating disorders or taking any long term medications?
    Also any other tests are done or advised to you?

    Please write back..


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