I’m 30, 5’9 and about 160 pounds. My waist is about 33 inches and I have no idea about bodyfat levels. I’ve been lifting consistently for the past 2.5 years and have made some slow gains doing a variety of programs, starting strength, doggcrapp (way too early, but they had so many cool articles on it!) and for about the past 9 months or so, the 5/3/1, which I really enjoy. I’ve stuck pretty strictly to a carb cycling diet and have added in sled dragging twice a week. I’ve also been reading the over 35 forum for a while and have seen a lot of the effects of low testosterone in myself. So I finally went and had some bloodwork done to see what the hell was wrong. Here are the results.
Estradiol: 32, range 13-54.
Testosterone total: 279, range 250-1100
% Free Testosterone: 2.58%, range 1.50-2.20
Testosterone Free: 72, range 35-155
Cortisol: 0.19, range .07-0.93
Vitamin D: 46, range 20-100
Throxin-T4: 9.4, range 4.5-12.5
T3-Uptake: 34%, range 27.8-40.7
CFT4: 3.3, range 1.6-3.7
TSH: 1.73, range .4-4.50
LDL: 125, range 0-100
Cholesterol/HDL Ratio: 4.5, ratio 0-5
The followup appointment was a bit of a disappointment. The Dr seemed interested in prescribing the Androgel and I guess I made the mistake of asking about the other components that I had read about on here, arimidex and HCG. That seemed to scare him away and he gave me a referral to an endocrinologist. I ended up making an appointment with a local anti-aging doctor instead that the compounding pharmacies said prescribed the HCG. I may see the endocrinologist as well, since apparently you have to do a lot of fishing to get what you actually want from a doctor. I won’t be seeing the anti-aging specialist for several weeks and am wondering if there is anything that I should be doing in the meantime, or should I just wait it out? It bothers the hell out of me that I’ve probably had the low testosterone all my life and am just now finding out about it.
Oh and as for the iodized salt, I’ve been using Kosher salt for a while now (thanks stupid Foodnetwork), but have just bought a tub of regular Morton’s iodized salt. Also no head trauma that I can think of.