Hi y’all. I have posted a few months ago and in the meanwhile I visited dr Hertoghe anti-aging clinic in Brussels. The doctor there prescribed me various medicines/supplements(including test gel) pretty quickly, purely based on my symptoms and the bloodwork. For me, it just doesn’t feel right taking everything that I was prescribed, and I also did not use the Test gel yet because I’m skeptical.
The bloodwork also revealed some weird deficiencies. I will try to list the most important ones and the ones that I think are a bit off. Here goes:
RBC: 5.17 (4.30-5.70)
Hemaglobine: 15.1 (13.0-17.5)
Hematocrite: 45.8 (39.0-49.0)
MCV: 88.6 (80.0-99.0)
MCH: 29.2 (27.0-34.0)
WBC: 4.2 (4.0-10.5)
Iron: 87ug/dL (70-180)
Ferritine: 101ug/L (60-250)
B12: 757ng/L (250-883)
Erythrocyte Folic acid: 108ug/L (250-800)
Sodium: 135nmol/L (135-146)
Calcium: 2.58nmol/L (2.20-2.65)
Erythrocyte magnesium: 4.88 (4.01-6.44)
Gamma-GT: 13U/L (8-55)
Alkaline-phosphatase: 106U/L (30-120)
Homocysteine: 14.5umol/L (<8.0) I have understood that this isn’t ideal, but that it should be lowered by increasing folic acid intake?
Total cholesterol: 158mg/dL (140-200)
HDL: 62mg/dL (40-109)
LDL: 71mg/dL (0-115)
Triglycerides: 122mg/dL (30-150)
Vitamine D: 40ng/mL (30-100)
Vitamine A: 54 ug/dL (60-110) (This whilst b-carotene is sky high-> 2.38 (0.14-0.93)
Vitamine E: 10.2ug/mL (12.1-20.3)
Problems absorbing fat-soluable vitamines? have had gallbladder issues a few months ago.
Zinc: 1.13mg% (1.0-1.5)
Copper: 96ug/dL (70-140)
Glutathione peroxidase: 41.41Ul/g HB (40.00-76.00)
PSA: 0.62ug/L (0.10-2.50)
TSH: 2.35mU/L (0.35-4.00)
FT4: 11.9pmol/L (9.0-19.0)
FT3: 3.3pmol/L (2.9-4.9)
Total cortisol: 490nmol/L (276-689)
Pregnenolone: >25.6ug/L (1.2-7.7) What does this even mean?
DHEA: 188ug/dL (200-610) Should this be a concern?
FSH: 2.8Ul/L (1.0-15.0)
Estradiol: <24ng/L (12-30)
Progesterone: <0.5ug/L (0.5-1.5)
Estrone: 173.0ng/L (10.0-60.0) Sky-high, is this a problem? what could be causing this?
Total T: 23.6nmol/L (10.4-34.7)
T bioavailable: 59.2 (9.0-139.0)
SHBG: 40nmol/L(20-55), has been 60-70 in the last bloodwork
Androstanediol: 23.6ug/L (3.4-22.0)
I have been feeling like shit over the last few years: Brain fog, no libido, ED, novice/intermediate 1RM’s in the gym after 5 years of proper training, not gaining lean mass at all. This while having a very healthy lifestyle: 8-9 hours of sleep, lots of the right fats, lots of vegetables, lots of low GI carb sources. No smoking, hardly any drinking. For reference, I’m a 27 year old male with 11% body fat at 85kg.
Doctor prescibed me the following:
-Folic acid 2.5mg per day
-Testosterone liposomal cream 10%
-Desiccated thyroid CSD?? 15mg per day
-Vitamine ADE supplement
-DHEA 2.5mg per day
I have only been taking the vitamine ADE, folic acid and thyroid supplement. I’m very skeptical about the test cream/gel and the DHEA. Also a bit skeptical about the thyroid stuff I’m taking.
Looking forward for some insight here. Any input would be greatly appreciated!
PS: please let me know if any important values are missing from the bloodwork.