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Dihydrotestosterone, Serum or DHT

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A DHT blood test estimates the level of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the blood. 

Is this test for you? Your doctor may recommend this test for you if he sees the signs of high or low DHT in the blood. Low levels of DHT does not affect women. The symptoms include:

Low DHT in Men:

  • The sex organs develop late or remain
  • Gynecomastia (enlarged breasts)-Manboobs
  • High risk of developing prostate tumours

High Level DHT in Men:

  • Hair loss
  • Longer time for an injury to heal
  • A decrease in sex drive
  • Infertility
  • Loss of bone density
  • Loss of muscle strength
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Prostate cancer

High Level DHT in women:

  • Male pattern hair loss
  • Acne
  • An increase in body, facial, and/or pubic hair(hirsutism)
  • A cease of menstrual periods
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    DHT is measured to assess for male pattern hair loss and several prostate issues, where DHT plays a critical known and best known for.

DHT is three times more potent than testosterone and is crucial for development and maintenance of masculine characteristics and justifying the effects of estrogen (hormone which is responsible for developing features like breasts in women) in men. This test provides information on how much DHT is present in the blood.

Reference Values

Normal values (for all age groups):

Males: 112 - 955 pg/ml

Females: Less than 300 pg/ml

 

Interpretations

DHT is produced in the body from testosterone in presence of a vital chemical 5 alpha reductase.  Reduced levels can be attributed to an outcome of certain medication which block the action of 5 alpha reductase, or a genetic disorder pertaining to the enzyme deficiency of 5 alpha-reductase (a rare disease).

Higher concentrations of DHT in men indicates the possibility of them suffering from hair loss or high concentration in women means increased likelihood of the woman to suffer from hirsutism (facial hair) or could indicate an abnormal ovarian condition called polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)

 

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