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Normal Testosterone, High SHBG 26 y/o


So basically, I’ve been suffering with the standard low t symptoms for pretty much all my adult life. I never get morning wood, low libido, low energy ect.

I’ve just done an online test to check if I do actually have a lack of testosterone or it’s all in my head and here are the results:

Are you supplementing DHEA?

High SHBG is reducing FT [not tested] and creating a lot of non-bioavailable SHBG+T that inflates TT then TT overstates your T status.

What country are you in?
Need a lot more info about you.

LH varys a lot in time and results are not very useful. Often FSH is a better indicator of LH status than LH itself.

Please read the stickies found here: About the T Replacement Category

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Evaluate your overall thyroid function by checking oral body temperatures as per the thyroid basics sticky. Thyroid hormone fT3 is what gets the job done and it regulates mitochondrial activity, the source of ATP which is the universal currency of cellular energy. This is part of the body’s temperature control loop. This can get messed up if you are iodine deficient. In many countries, you need to be using iodized salt. Other countries add iodine to dairy or bread.

Hey, thanks for the reply.

No I’m not supplementing any DHEA or anything, it just seems to be naturally quite high. Is this related to the adrenals?

Yeah, I need to test my free test, but I’d imagine it’s low, but not enough for TRT because the FAI is low.

I’m in UK, my diet has always been pretty clean. I’m about 12% BF, I’m usually on and off working out, but wasn’t at the time of this test. I’ve been having these problems pretty much my entire adult life without any explanation. I also get frequent headaches if that’s any help? Also, I’m not on any medication for anything.

I have not seen that FT is available in the UK.
SHBG can be used to calculate FT.

See the 2nd sticky to see if something there might provide a clue.

Don’t skip the thyroid function issue.
Low iodine is a common problem there as iodized salt is not readily available.

Thanks! I’ll get him to check the thyroid. I actually use iodine based salt.

You should evaluate your thyroid status via oral body temps as I suggested. If good, you do not need thyroid labs.

Do not go to the doctor until you have read the first two stickies and posted body temps, other lab work with range and other info.

It is very important to read those stickies.
Need more info about you.

Thyroid can drain your energy, so can low cortisol. AM cortisol blood work done 1 hour after waking up.