Hello, all. I'm new to the forum. As with most new members, I am here looking for advice but intend to stay and contribute to the community as time progresses.
I just started to investigate some issues with my hormones due to symptoms that led me to suspect low T or TSH. Blood work is finally in. I have read the stickies and welcome any and all comments and advice.
-35 years old
-I have approx 35%+ body fat. Barely any facial hair - shave on Monday and have noticeable stubble on the weekend.
-Carry fat at the midsection and thighs
-Low energy, little drive/motivation, low libido, inability to build noticeable muscle mass despite lifting heavy
-Take Atenolol for hypertension. Never any hair loss or prostate drugs. Never any AAS.
-Went on a very low calorie (<1200/day) and low carb diet in 2008-2009 and lost 100lbs (from 350lbs to 250lbs). Got off the diet in 2009 and crept back up to 330lbs.
-Weight training 3x per week since 2008. Very little gain in muscle mass even when eating high calories.
-Testes never ache and no issue with size
-Occasional morning wood but never notice nocturnal erections
-Here are some lab results (with ranges)
Total Testosterone - 95 (249-836)
Free Testosterone - 19 (52-280)
TSH - 3.03 (0.45-4.50)
LH - 2.4 (1.7-8.6)
T4 - 1.30 (0.82-1.77)
E2 - 15 (3-70)
DHEA - 145.4 (88.9-427.0)
IGF-1 - 129 (115-307)
Cortisol - 4.5 (2.3-19.4)
I was warned not to start any TRT with low Cortisol. Any input on that or any other observations looking at the data I provided?