Hey guys, very impressed with the amount of information in this forum. Extremely helpful - thanks!
I'm going to the doc today, and will almost certainly be starting TRT. I got my labs this week, and was surprised at these results (Quest labs in Valencia):
TT: 383 (250-1100)
FT: 39.3 (35-155)
These are not unusual numbers for my age (now 51), but I'm surprised because just 3 years ago I was tested and TT was 926 ! I got it tested at that time because I was starting to have some symptoms of low T, mainly low mental/physical energy level and slightly diminished libido. At the least, I wanted to get a baseline for future reference. After these most recent test results, I'm thinking either the doctor or the lab screwed up the previous test.
Have any of you seen your numbers drop this fast (TT 926 to 383 in 3 years) without a serious health problem causing it?
The charts I've viewed show a fairly linear decline starting at about 25, but this would represent a much more dramatic drop-off - unless my T was something like 2000 when I was 30 (which I guess is impossible for natural conditions?). I have stronger symptoms now, but still no sexual dysfunction, which is surprising to me with FT that low.
I'm overall quite healthy, with just the usual aches and pains associated with my age. I work out 4 days a week plus cardio. I don't and never have used any kind of "training drugs" beyond Creatine. I don't smoke or drink alcohol or caffeine. Several months ago, I started a very controlled diet suggested by a dietician. It is a fairly well balanced diet targeted to help build lean mass while reducing fat. It is a relatively low fat diet, but not extreme. During the past 10 weeks my body fat has reduced by 3.1% and I've added about 6 pounds of lean mass (now at 17.6% [DXA scan] and 180 pounds, 5'11"). But, fat in the mid-section has been stubborn - another potential indicator of low T.