First off, I lost a testicle to cancer a year ago, and underwent three months of chemotherapy afterwards, which I completed in September 2010. So I just had some blood work done to see if my hormones are back where I want them to be, and I'm not too thrilled with the results. Its far from an exhaustive list given that I wasn't familiar at all with any of this until today, but here are the relevant ones I had measured:
LH: 4.2 IU/L (range: 2.5-16.3)
FSH: 13.0 IU/L (range: 1.2-18.5)
TT: 9.09 nmol/L (range: 2.8-21.6) - if my conversion calculation is accurate, 9.09 nmol/L = 262.1828 ng/dL
Cortisol Random: 550 nmol/L (range: 120-535)
Some facts to consider:
-24 years old man
-Lost a testicle to cancer a year ago and finished chemo in September.
-I've lost 5 pounds in the last month as a result of increased exercise and a switch in diet. I've been eating paleo for the last month (high protein, high fat, low carbs), and I'd say I've stuck to it at about 80%. Definitely not a fanatic follower, but good enough overall.
-I feel the lifestyle switch has done some good as far as how I look (although it may just be the increased exercise that is responsible), but my libido has definitly been lower (no morning wood, weaker erections). I'm tempted to switch back to a more balanced diet (ie, decrease fat, increase carbs) because of that alone.
-The only supplement I take is Whey Protein.
-I don't think I've had enough sleep recently (and certainly not the day before the blood test), so I think my results are poorer than they should have been.
-I don't feel stressed, so I find it a little strange that my cortisol is so high. Maybe I have a high threshold for pain and I just don't notice it?