Not quite 35 but I thought this was the best place to post about TRT options.
A little about myself. I’m 32, I rarely eat junk food. I do drink alcohol, might have a six pack with the boys on a biweekly basis. I get 7.5 - 9 hours of sleep a night and during my keto diet fats make up 50-55% of calories with 16 grams total of Omega 3 fish oil which includes 2 servings of Flameout. I’m 5’8, 170lbs, very lean and cut with a 30 inch waist. I think I put up pretty descent numbers in the gym, hit a 300lb front squat PR 3 weeks ago. I’ve been training for 12 years, certainly learned ALOT along the way on how to train properly. I don’t have any issues with depression and stress levels are low. The only medication I take is 1/4 proscar tab daily for hair loss. I have colitis but haven’t used the medication in the last 4 months as I’m thankfully not having symptoms.
I was reading up on test boosters and thinking about trying an Alpha Male and Rev-Z stack and wanted baseline levels so my family physician drew blood, we did this at 6:30pm on 4/10/08 the day after a hard workout, at this time I was following a carb cycling diet.
Quest Diagnostics did the blood work and results were:
Testesterone Total - 391 - Range 241-827
TSH 3rd Generation - 1.59 - Range .40 - 4.50
I was suprised my Total Test was so low.
On 5/31/08 I had an appointment with a Urologist for a different issue, while there I asked to them to draw blood. I used ZMA during these 6 weeks and had been on a keto diet for 4 weeks, blood was drawn 2 hours after waking on an empty stomach, no hard workouts for the 2 previous days.
Dianon Systems did the blood work and results were:
Testesterone Total - 343 - Range 241-827
Free Test - 5.40 - Range 8.7-25.1
I asked for more tests based on info I read on this board but they would only do 2, I can’t believe the uro wouldn’t test for E2. I had this test on 6/26/08 in the morning on an empty stomach, still on a keto diet, using ZMA and no hard workouts for 2 days.
Prolactin - 5.7 - Range 2.1 - 17.7
LH - 1.2 - Range 1.5 - 9.3
The URO (female) who treated me for another issue suggested I see another URO in the office (male) who deals with TRT. My appointment is this thursday at 1pm. I am going to ask him to redo the tests and see if he will test for more things like E2. I have been feeling run down and irrateable lately so I’ve taken the 10 days before the appointment off from training to rule out overtraining as an issue. She did mention the use of Androgel but that scares me.
What options should I be looking at? I’m not too keen on starting TRT, possibly for life at this age. I live outside of Philadelphia so if anyone knows a good doctor please let me know. Your help is greatly appreciated. I can provide additional information if needed. Thank you in advance. I plan on documenting my journey here that will hopefully help others in the future.