I've been watching my T levels for a while trying to decide if I should start TRT since I have always been low-normal. Well, I finally got a result back yesterday that shows me as Low instead of low normal. The thing that really concerns me about this one is that 90 days ago I started lifting heavy compound lifts(squats, dead lifts) to try and increase my T naturally and it doesn't seem to have helped.
Hoping someone here can look over my labs and advise whether I am missing any ways to naturally increase my T or if I should just go ahead and try to get an Rx.
My biggest concern is being tied to a pharmacy and taking "medicine" for the rest of my life. But with that said... having the symptoms of Low T isn't all that great either. Just trying to get as many opinions as I can before I make the leap.
Another concern is the low HDL cholesterol even though I have been following a decent diet and working out.
Here are my numbers -
Free Testosterone results from over the years -
2006 : 383 NG/DL
2-2012 : 304 NG/DL (started working out heavy and supplementing Vitamin D)
4-2012 : 395 NG/DL Total & 8.0 pg/mL Free Test(Good Vitamin D @59.5 ng/mL)
5-2013 : 440 ng/dL
Current : 275 ng/dL (after going on a heavy lifting program for the past 90 days, bummer)
Info from the stickies -
-age - 40
-height - 5' 8"
-waist - 36
-weight - 182
-describe body and facial hair - facial hair patchy, light body hair
-describe where you carry fat and how changed - love handle / waist area
-health conditions, symptoms [history] - nothing major.... allergies
-Rx and OTC drugs, any hair loss drugs or prostate drugs ever - None
-lab results with ranges - Posted below
-describe diet - For the last 90 days or so I've been on 1660 calories plus exercise calories measured with a heart rate monitor. So if I measure 500 calories burned I'll add that to my 1660 for the day.
-describe training - Weights for about an hour every other day (5setsx5reps protocol with warmups, squats every workout and other compound power-lifting style lifting) Every other day I walk for 30 - 45 minutes instead of lifting. No regular intense cardio right now.
-testes ache, ever, with a fever? Not really... they did ache some before I had a vasectomy about 3 months ago but not now. Never a fever that I noticed.
-how have morning wood and nocturnal erections changed - Fewer than before.
Tests: (1) CBC W/AUTO DIFF WITH PLATELETS (1000)
WBC 5.7 K/UL Range 4.0-11.0
RBC 4.82 M/UL Range 4.10-5.70
HEMOGLOBIN 14.8 G/DL Range 13.0-17.0
HEMATOCRIT 43.8 % Range 37.0-49.0
MCV 90.9 fL Range 80.0-100.0
MCH 30.7 PG Range 27.0-34.0
MCHC 33.8 G/DL Range 32.0-35.5
RDW 13.1 % Range 11.0-15.0
NEUTROPHILS 61 % Range 40-74
LYMPHOCYTES 27 % Range 19-48
MONOCYTES 9 % Range 4-13
EOSINOPHILS 4 % Range 0-7
BASOPHILS 0 % Range 0-2
PLATELET COUNT 175 K/UL Range 130-400
Tests: (2) LIPID PANEL (173)
CHOLESTEROL 158 MG/DL Range <200
TRIGLYCERIDES 88 MG/DL Range <150
HDL CHOLESTEROL [L] 34 MG/DL Range >39
CALCULATED LDL CHOL [H] 106 MG/DL Range <100
RISK RATIO LDL/HDL 3.13 RATIO Range <3.55
Tests: (3) TSH (2835)
TSH 1.5 UIU/ML Range 0.5-4.7
Tests: (4) BASIC METABOLIC PROFILE + e-GFR (145)
GLUCOSE 92 MG/DL Range 65-100
BUN 19 MG/DL Range 8-25
CREATININE 1.0 MG/DL Range 0.8-1.4
eGFR AFRICAN AMER. 100 ML/MIN/1.73 Range >60
eGFR NON-AFRICAN AMER.
83 ML/MIN/1.73 Range >60
SODIUM 138 MEQ/L Range 133-146
POTASSIUM 4.3 MEQ/L Range 3.5-5.3
CHLORIDE 106 MEQ/L Range 97-110
CARBON DIOXIDE 25 MEQ/L Range 18-30
CALCIUM 9.6 MG/DL Range 8.5-10.5
Tests: (5) LIVER (HEPATIC) FUNCTION PANEL (9175)
PROTEIN, TOTAL 7.2 G/DL Range 6.0-8.4
ALBUMIN 4.6 G/DL Range 2.9-5.0
BILIRUBIN, TOTAL 0.9 MG/DL Range 0.1-1.3
BILIRUBIN, DIRECT 0.2 MG/DL Range 0.0-0.3
ALKALINE PHOSPHATASE 68 U/L Range 30-132
SGOT (AST) 21 U/L Range 5-35
SGPT (ALT) 14 U/L Range 7-56
Tests: (6) PSA, TOTAL (2606)
PSA, TOTAL 0.4 NG/ML Range <4.0
Tests: (7) VITAMIN D, 25 OH (4958)
VITAMIN D, 25 OH 62 NG/ML
Tests: (8) TESTOSTERONE, FREE/TOTAL WITH SHBG (4937)
TESTOSTERONE [L] 275 NG/DL Range 292-867
! TESTOSTERONE REF RANGE
SEX HORM BIND GLOBULIN
35 NMOL/L Range 17-66
CALC FREE TESTOSTERONE
5.2 NG/DL Range 4.8-25.0