I had a blood panel done (It cost me 300 Euros just for this lot, so apologies if it seems insufficient) targeting a few areas that I had reason to believe are suspect.
I’m a 28 year old male, 5’10, 72kg body weight at 14% body fat. I’ve been lifting for 6 years, but dropped about 10kg lean mass over the last 12 months due to deficient caloric intake and high stress. I have taken a lot of steps to remedy both of these and consistent self-tracking is helping me improve.
Zinc: 15.7 umol/L [11-18]
Vit D-25 OH: 90 nmol/L [Deficient <25, Insufficient 25-50, Consider reducing >200]
Oestradiol 145.9 pmol/L [28-156]
Testosterone 27.7 nmol/L [9.9-27.8]
Free T 14.0 pg/mL [8.8-27]
SHBG 66 nmol/L [11-52]
Folate 12.8 nmol/L [7-39.7]
B12: 478.6 pmol/L [141-698]
I believe many here are U.S. based, so I think the T conversion is as follows:
Test 798 ng/dL
I’m open to any informed insights. To my eyes, the Oestradiol and SHBG results are through the roof!
I would appreciate assistance in getting those numbers down (and any references where I can understand the role they play as part of my endocrine system). I’m aware it’s not as simple as change number, problem solved.
Is there any possibility that if I had deficient iodine I could observe this pattern of high SHBG and Oestradiol? Can high levels of persistent stress and/or significant caloric deficiency cause this? Any other vitamin or dietary deficiencies leap out? Any more blood tests indicated that would clarify the problem? Are the Zinc/Folate/B12/D levels sufficient for someone with a very mentally and physically demanding lifestyle?
Thanks in advance for your insights. I would love to hear from anyone who has successfully improved a similar panel. On a final note, I’m not presently interested in a pharmaceutical approach. This by no means is me casting aspersions on those who do choose to improve their hormone profile in this way. My position is that there are still plenty of nutrition/lifestyle improvements that I can make before I look to that avenue.