Abnormal Hormone Levels

  1. 0 Just wondering if anyone could give ideas about what condition(s) would cause these hormones to be abnormal. I am stumped along with the MDs. I am not asking for medical advice. I have a patient I am trying to help. Any suggestions will be given to MD, and they will decide what to do.

    Female patient with:
    1.) Low testosterone for age.
    2.) Low DHEA-S for age.
    3.) High cortisol for age.
    4.) Thyroid normal.
    5.) New onset diabetes with little-to-no risk factors.

  2. Enjoy this?

    Join thousands and get our weekly Nursing Insights newsletter with the hottest discussions, articles, and toons.

  3. Visit  Katie828 profile page

    About Katie828

    Joined Jun '12; Posts: 32; Likes: 10.

    4 Comments so far...

  4. Visit  CDEWannaBe profile page
    Diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes?

    Cortisol inhibiits insulin sensitivity, which is what Type 2 Diabetes is.

    Only about a third of Type 1 Diabetics have family history of the disease. Type 2 Diabetes has a stronger genetic link, but a percentage of people develop it without family history. And about 20% of people who develop Type 2 are not overweight.
    Last edit by CDEWannaBe on Jan 11, '13
  5. Visit  karinanursetobe profile page
    Was she tested for Cushing's Disease? She may have a pituitary or adrenal tumor
  6. Visit  classicdame profile page
    obese? Sounds like they are trying to rule out metabolic issues, but not sure if a decision can be made from the information provided
  7. Visit  TaylorMaidRn profile page
    Well, more information would be helpful, but just based on info given, a 24 hour urine cortisol and/or 8am cortisol draw to rule out/explore Cushing's would not be unreasonable.

Nursing Jobs in every specialty and state. Visit today and find your dream job.