I’m new to this forum and I would like to get some advice, if I may, regarding some test results I’ve just had back from the lab.
I’m a 32 mixed race (white/black caribbean) male from the UK, 5’10, weigh 178lbs and my body fat % is 12% (with calipers). I work out with heavy weights 3-5 times per week (push, pull, legs routine) and usually get in around 140-180g of protein per day. At the time of the test, I was cutting at 1800kcal per day and took it at noon while fasted (had not eaten for roughly 15 hours prior).
The reason I had my blood tested was because I was experiencing the following symptoms;
- low libido
- never had morning wood
- felt not at my peak
- mood swings
- felt tired irrespective of sleep/nutrition
- little too emotional/childish when compared to my male peers.
- Absence of competitive drive
I work in an office Monday to Friday and do Maui Thai once per week. Lastly, I am a productive person and do not suffer from lack of drive, depression.
I’ve improved my diet massively these past two weeks which has somewhat improved my libido, energy, and mood but I think there’s plenty of room for improvement. I suppose I’m looking for that fierceness, competitive spirit and emotional groundedness (stoicness).
My testosterone is decent (26.4nmol or 761ng/dl), however, my free testosterone is borderline deficient (0.398 nmol/l or 67 pg/ml). My SHBG is definitely too high and prolactin is almost too high. My oestradiol is a little too low.
I can convert some of these figures to other types of metrics if it helps.
My cocktail of supplements
- Omega 3 (Life Extension)
- Multivitamins (Life Extension)
- Vitamin D3 5000IU (Now Foods)
- ZMA (Optimum Nutrition – Dreams have been crazy the past two weeks since I started using this!)
I would like to lower my SHBG as much as possible to improve my testosterone. I’ve read some articles online and apparently Stinging Nettle and Boron has significant positives effects on lowering SBHG so I am considering trying them out.
I’ve spoken with a private doctor for TRT and they have suggested that TRT would be an effective treatment to decrease SBHG while increasing total and free testosterone.
Based on my the above, could someone please answer the following?
Would you recommend I start TRT?
What are the optimal total and free testosterone levels for increase muscle mass, lower body fat, and the beneficial psychological benefits? I have heard total testosterone levels of 1100-1400 is godly, but I cannot find a number for free testosterone.
Is there a way I can significantly lower my SHBG without TRT?
I am going to try Iodine and Boron for the next month to see if my SBHG falls which I believe will improve my free T and increase my e2. If this doesn't work, I will have my doctor perform thyroid and liver/blood tests to see if I have anything wrong with my liver/thyroid which is creating too much SHBG.
Thank you in advance for your responses. If you need any more information then please let me know.