I have been suffering from low testosterone symptoms for a while such as:
- low libido;
- erectile dysfunction;
- poor sleep;
- low facial hair growth;
- bad moods; and
- difficulty building lean muscle (despite a solid programme and diet).
My key stats are as follows:
- 6ft tall;
- 170lbs (approx. 11% bodyfat) picture here: http://imgur.com/5kwiYSX
- Age 32;
- Blood was drawn at 11.30am (I hadn’t eaten anything that morning but that is normal as I follow intermittent fasting as part of my diet).
My GP (I am based in the UK) referred me to get some blood tests and the results have come back. Here they are: http://imgur.com/vQ42kbj
I would be very grateful if someone with better knowledge than me could help me to interpret them please?
My GP has told me that my results are within the ‘normal’ range. However I understand their normal range is based upon men aged 18 to 85 so whilst I might be at the lower end of the ‘normal’ range across this age range I wonder if I am in the normal range for my age.
I have looked at an article on Art of Manliness and according to the study I have the same testosterone as an average 85 year old man. That is clearly not good.
By way of background:
My wife and I are trying for a baby and my semen analysis results are all good. My sperm content, motility etc are all very high and towards the upper ranges.
I have recently come stopped a cut where I leaned out from 187lbs to 168lbs (with no loss of strength in the key lifts which are all in the intermediate strength ranges). I have been reading some of Lyle McDonald’s work where he has written about negative hormonal effects of dieting.