Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG)
Sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) is a protein produced by the liver that plays a role in regulating the levels of certain hormones in the body. It binds to sex hormones like testosterone and estrogen, acting as a carrier molecule for these hormones. When SHBG binds to these hormones, it makes them less active and available for use by cells in the body. This helps regulate the balance and availability of sex hormones in the bloodstream. Changes in SHBG levels can impact hormone levels and may have implications for conditions such as hormone-related disorders or fertility. SHBG acts as a regulator for sex hormones, helping to control their effects in the body.