Starting in Mar 2009 I got interested in feeling better and lost from 270 down to 220 in Aug doing nothing but cardio and eating next to nothing. Started lifting weights then and continued to lose down to 191 lbs in Dec. Started looking “skinny fat” so I raised calories in effort to gain muscle.
Nothing much was working - it came back on more fat than muscle. Talked to a bodybuilder friend and realized I had many of the symptoms of low T (and/or overtraining) without realizing it - fatigue, remaining abdominal fat, borderline high sugar, high cholesterol (when not taking meds), depression, anxiety, hot flashes, night sweats, irritability and apathy. Had T checked in Mar 2010 and found it to be 175. LH was low (but in scale), so had MRI - negative for pituitary problem.
Been on Androgel ever since. Back and forth with injuries, so not entirely sure how capable I am of gaining muscle / losing fat. However, finally fairly healthy again and back lifting weights - hard - but not feeling all that great again. Went and got bloodwork done to make sure nothing was going to sabotage my training results.
Total T - 476 ng/dL (range 250-1100)
Free - 8.45 ng/dL (range 4.6-22.4)
Estradiol - 28 pg/mL (range <39)
LH - <0.2 (range 1.5-9.3)
T4, lipids, platelets, etc all in middle of ranges.
Primary and Endocrine Doc agree that everything is in range but LH and they won’t do anything different given the negative MRI. Are these numbers moderately OK or should I be concerned of T to E ratio?
If of concern, I’m obviously not going to get any more natural T from the LH <0.2. Should I seek a third (out of network) doc? Or has anybody had success with Life Extension Foundation’s Super MiraForte as an aromitization suppressant?
Thanks for any advice!
Whoops shoulda said - 45 yo, 225lb, ~24%BF. Best ever was 191 lbs ~18%BF but everyone said I looked sick.