-describe body and facial hair: hair on forearms, legs, stomach, chest. facial hair on chin&mustache, but patchy on cheeks/sideburns. Hair on head getting thinner on top since age ~26.
-describe where you carry fat and how changed. fat seems normally distributed, maybe a bit extra on stomach, butt, thighs. Somewhere around 15-20% body fat (no visible abs)
-health conditions, symptoms:
Decreased sex drive. Difficulty maintaining an erection. Decreased energy. Tried to get back in to weight lifting in the last few years, but am weaker now than when 18 (and wasn’t that serious about training as a teen), even though I’m 30lbs heavier with similar body fat %. Takes longer to recover from training.
Small gynocomastia since puberty, hasn’t gotten worse (looks worse when my BF% is high, better when it’s low). Weighed as high as 275lbs 6 years ago, lost weight when started biking, running, stopped drinking soda. Sex drive seemed okay during the weight gain (was married then), and haven’t tested it out much during/after the weight loss until a few weeks ago, with disappointing results. Cold hands and feet, especially in morning. Feel very cold all over in morning, moreso in the last few years.
Difficulty falling asleep and waking up (but that’s been the case since childhood). Testicular varicoceles (larger on left). Difficulty concentrating, lousy short-term memory.
-Rx and OTC drugs, any hair loss drugs or prostate drugs ever. None.
-describe diet. trying to keep carbs <=100g/day lately, but not too rigorous about it (lots of ‘cheat’ days/meals). Eat fatty foods (eggs with yolks, bacon, whole milk, ribeye steak) without regret.
-describe training. Last 4 months have had rugby practice T&Th and games Saturday. Lifting weights only sporadically since rugby started, and running outside of rugby has stopped completely (can’t recover in time). Used to lift 2-3 times a week, run 2-5 times a week.
Would have stretches of months where I’d work out regularly, then months when I’d work out only sporadically. Post workout recovery seems poor (both now during rugby, and for last several years during other activities).
-testes ache, ever, with a fever? Don’t recall.
-how have morning wood and nocturnal erections changed. Almost completely absent the last few years.
-lab results with ranges:
LH 4.5 mIU/mL 1.7-8.6
FSH 5.8 mIU/mL 1.5-12.4
Testosterone, Serum 342 ng/dL 348-1197
Free Testosterone(Direct) 10 pg/mL 8.7-25.1
Dihydrotestosterone 23 ng/dL 30-85
Estradiol 13.8 pg/mL 7.6-42.6
Glucose, Serum 78 mg/dL 65-99
Albumin, Serum 4.4 g/dL 3.5-5.5
TSH 1.39 uIU/mL 0.450-4.500
Thyroxine(T4) 8.9 ug/dL 4.5-12.0
T3 Uptake 33 % 24-39
Free Thyroxine Index 2.9 1.2-4.9
Hemoglobin 13.5 g/dL 12.6-17.7
Hematocrit 39.7 % 37.5-51.0
Cholesterol, Total 186 mg/dL 100-199
Triglycerides 62 mg/dL 0-149
HDL Cholesterol 53 mg/dL >39
LDL Cholesterol Calc 121 mg/dL 0-99
T. Chol/HDL Ratio 3.5 ratio units 0.0-5.0
Thyroid looks okay? I read cholesterol could be related to lowT, so included those results (which are fine?). Only included hematocrit because I’m at the low end of normal even though I live in Colorado above 5000ft, and exercise somewhat regularly, and thought I’d be at the high end rather than the couch potato end. Wish I would have had cortisol tested, but I did not.
Thanks for any advice. I had the above tests done under my own initiative. I have an appointment for a ‘complete physical’ in 1.5 weeks, and figured I’d take results to the doc and see what they think. And that if anything was funny in the results, then having them early would expedite a 2nd round of tests if the doc wants to do them.
Hadn’t talked with doc about getting Test tested, but the upcoming physical made me think I ought to see if I’ve got low testosterone. I’ve been wondering for several years, never did anything about it.
PS: I don’t see a link for formatting, or I’d have prettied my post up somewhat. If anyone gives a pointer on how to do tables, bold, bulleted lists, etc., I will make the above more legible.