Long time/first time here.
I started seeing the normal symptoms of Low T / Adrenal fatigue about 6 months ago, and finally started the process of getting tested.
Went to a naturopath instead of Low T doc/endo, etc… We did baseline blood panels and she gave me an at home urine test through Dutch Test.
Dutch Test reports significant symptoms of androgen deficiency. My T levels came back way lower than anticipated… 12.9 out of a 25 - 100 range. Instead of jumping right into TRT, she wants to supplement me with Ashwaganda, Indoplex, and Trizinc, and is open to injections once my metabolic system is more in balance.
I asked to go straight to TRT. She was a bit hesitant, but asked me to take a serum draw first. (results should be back in a day or two). Her approach is holistic first, and bring out the “big guns” as she put it, later.
-I don’t want to invest the next 6mo to a year with a holistic approach, when TRT would likely provide all around improvements much, much faster.
-Is it plausible to raise my T levels by taking the supplements she is prescribing, and focusing on more sleep, reducing stress, lowering my cholesterol (within range), or is my T level way too low for someone at my age to bring the levels up holistically?
- What I would really like to do is get on a TRT protocol consisting of Test Cyp, HCG, and Arimidex. How do I bring up/introduce HCG if she only plans to prescribe T and Adex?
-What do I do if she only prescribes T injections 2x a month at 200mg per injection?
-The last thing that I want to do is find a new doc who will insist on taking the same tests that I’ve already taken, costing me anther $500 just to prove again that I have low T.
Thanks for reading, I appreciate your thoughts and comments.
-age - 33
-height - 6’0
-waist - 34
-weight - 208
-describe body and facial hair - Facial hair is dark and thick, moderately hairy back chest, legs, arms, etc.
-describe where you carry fat and how changed - Bodyfat carried around my waist, in my face, and thighs.
-health conditions, symptoms [history] High cholesterol 2015, Vitamin d and b deficient.
-Rx and OTC drugs, any hair loss drugs or prostate drugs ever
Current OTC supplements:
Vitamin B complex, Vit D3&K2, L-5-methlytetrahydrofolate, trace minerals, Glucose optimizer, citrus bergamot, berberine, and meriva 500
-lab results with ranges
IGF -1: 162
TT 12.9 Range 25 - 100 (Dutchtest Urine test, not serum) Serum results pending
FT Awaiting results
E2: 1.9 - Range 0.5 - 1.6
LH/FSH - must be before TRT N/A
CBC w hematocrit N/A
DHEA: 158 - Range 60 -2000
THS - 1.46
T4 - 6.8
T3 Free - 3.5
T4 Free - 1.25
TGB - 13
AM cortisol [at 8 AM] 82.4 (Range 17-50)
fasting cholesterol - 273
fasting glucose N/A
-describe diet [some create substantial damage with starvation diets]
6/7am: Butter/Bulletproof Coffee
9am: 3 Eggs, kale, bell peppers
12pm Chicken salad, spin, tomato, pickle 4-5oz chix breast
3: Handful almonds, handful cranberries.
6/7pm 5-8 oz chix/fish/beef and veggies
9pm: Serving dark chocolate
-describe training [some ruin there hormones by over training]
BJJ 3-5x per week
5x5 Strength training 3x per week
3 hour hike 1x per week
-testes ache, ever, with a fever? - I had an aching problem within the last 30 days. Lasted for 1-2 days, never before.
-how have morning wood and nocturnal erections changed: I rarely have natural morning wood. Occasionally supplement Cia, that gives extremely strong am erections.