Following a period when I thought I had managed to get my hormones relatively in-check (I have had low T symptoms for many years and have a tendency towards aromatising T), I have been suffering from ED, low libido, brain fog and think my diet may be the cause. I have been intermittent fasting in attempt to lose weight following a vacation, and now have elevated levels of SHBG and high estrogen.
I also think that by only having two meals a day, my caloric intake may be too low. Having read the forum, I have discovered that intermittent fasting can elevate SHBG; I will of course now stop the IF’ing, but would appreciate any advice on how to reduce my SHBG and estrogen levels.
My stats info is as follows:
male, 38 years old
Height: 5 foot 11
I can grow a beard, although somewhat patchy & I have normal amount of body hair
I have been greying and receding from a young age
I wake-up every night and sleep poorly, averaging only about 5-6 hours a night (I have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, although the gumshield-type conraption I was given hasn’t done much for me, and I do not have many of the typical traits such as snoring and being overweight)
My morning wood has reduced greatly, although the supplements (detailed below) I have been taking over the past few months have led to some improvement in this area
I have always had symptoms of low T, and have had mild gyno (puffy nipples) since puberty. As mentioned above, I think that I have a tendency to aromatise T.
I have a tendency to feel cold in my extremities - my morning temperature averages 96.8 degrees (my Doc thinks I may have raynaud’s)
Latest blood test:
Free androgen index 32.3 (no reference range but highlighted as ‘low’)
serum T 23.6 nmol/l (once again no reference range)
SHBG 73nmol/l (marked as ‘high’, no reference range)
Free T4 17.4pmol/l
Serum TSH 1.48miu/l (0.27-4.2)
Serum oestradiol 133pmol (no range)
serum FSH 2.8 u/l (1-12)
serum LH 3.9u/l (1-9)
Any recommendations would be really appreciated. Having suspected for a little while that the intermittent fasting might have been the cause, I’m feeling more positive but I do have underlying issues which need to be fixed, which a simple change of diet will not fix.
Thanks in advance.