I am a bit of a longtime lurker here on and off over the years.
my name is James and I am 45. On again off again in the gym.
I am 172cms tall and weigh in at 73kgs. 12% to 14% body fat at the moment but still holding a bit a of quality muscle on a small frame. I am re-commencing the post xmas/new year diet and will be back down to 69-70kgs and hopefully around 8 to9% body fat in a couple of months.
As i just turned 45 I did some fairly extensive (for me ) bloodwork to see where my health was at and these are the results I got.
I am in Australia so the results are in pmol/L and nmol/L. I have converted them to ng/dl and pg/ml where I can to make them more readable.
I used three online converters to do this:
Total Test: 19.8 nmol/L or 571ng/dl
SHBG: 39 nmol/L or 11.25 ng/ml (1125 ng/dl) or 4.4 ug/ml or 0.4 mg/dl
FT (Calculated): 379 pmol/L or 0.11 ng/ml (11ng/dl)
E2(oestradiol): 63 pmol/L or 17.16 pg/ml
DHEAS 6.7umol/L (Range 1.2 - 9.0) or 247 ug/dl
FSH: 2 IU/L (Range <10)
LH: 3 IU/L (Range <9)
Cortisol: 346 nmol/L (Range 100-535) or 12.54 ug/dl
Free T4: 12.3 pmol/L (Range 9.0 - 19.0) or 0.955 ug/dl
TSH: 0.8mIU/L (Range 0.3 -3.5) or 0.8 uIU/ml
Prolactin: 138 mIU/L (Range <500) or 6.5 ng/ml
GGT: 136 H (Range 5-50) I have had only 3 glasses of alcohol in the last 7 months.
One test i had for ggt 6 years ago showed a GGT level of 115. Had ultrasound done negative for anything showing such as fatty liver etc. No Hep a b or c either.
LDL: 4.2 H (Range 0.0 - 4.0)
Chol/HDL Ratio: 5.2 (Range 0-4.5)
The rest of my bloods were good(within normal ranges) except high cholesterol and GGT.
PSA is 0.66 ug/L and DRE normal.
I know I have to lose weight. Also lower my cholesterol. I do eat a fairly good diet and no fast food etc. My mother is very slender and eats very healthily and got a cholesterol reading of 7 and the doctor suggests with my diet that it is more than likely inherited High Chol.
My free test looks low to me but I have not been able to find any ranges that are consistent or optimal.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to specifically fix this?
Also I would like to hear any comments or suggestions on causes or ways to lower my gamma GT if anyone has any knowledge on the matter.
My main symptoms are really painful joints at times and slow recovery and excessive muscle stiffness after working out. Getting old I know. but maybe it is a cortisol or DHEAs issue?
I just don't have the knowledge.
Any help appreciated from you hormone gurus.
All the best for 2016