Hi all – looking for some reassurance that my numbers are consistent with my symptoms and my decision to do TRT is not blindingly against what the objective data says to people with more experience/knowledge in this area.
35 years old
My build is kind of average? I used to be skinny fat around 165 pounds, but in my early 30’s I did a real lifting routine and put some muscle on my frame as well as a lot of fat, up to 220 pounds, and have never been able to get rid of belly fat and love handles since after dieting back down to 180. Have also carried some fat around breast area even when I was skinny.
No issue with facial hair
No history of serious health/medical conditions. Started looking at TRT due to loss of libido and even performance issues with wife. Also, now at 35 I subjectively feel like there has been a notable drop in my energy/focus/sense of wellbeing since even early 30’s.
I don’t take any other OTC drugs. No hair loss yet, so no hair loss drugs
Total T: 631 ng/dl (264 - 916)
Free T: 8.9 pg/ml (8.7 - 25.1)
TSH: 3.550 uiu/ml (0.450 - 4.500
LH: 3.1 miu/ml (1.7 - 8.6)
E2: 19.7 pg/ML (8.0 - 35.0)
SHBG: 58.3 nmol/L (16.5 - 55.9)
Am I missing any key numbers? My lab work covered a lot more.
Diet/Exercise: I eat around 2200-2400 calories a day, until I get up to about 185 pounds and then I eat around 1800 a day until I get back down to 180. I have no problem adjusting my diet. I don’t eat junk food but I’m not exactly salads and organic salmon all the time either. When I’m not paying attention I suspect my macros are around 40/30/30 carbs/protein/fat–not because I think that’s a magic ratio, just because that’s how I eat. I lift 3-4X per week, about 35 minutes per session, focusing on compound barbell movements.
No ball aches.
I still get morning wood. My erection issues have been spotty and included losing steam mid-session with the wife, which is definitely new.