This is not a simple uncomplicated case of low-T or age related decline.
We need to look at thyroid function, insulin sensitivity, cortisol etc.
"normal range" does not serve you well, many issues are lost in the numbers as the normal ranges are simply an arbitrary bracket that captures most if the sample population - 95%. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reference_range#Normal_distribution
This does not imply any state of normal health, but most doctors have that wrong. Many have numbers that are normal that are pointing to non-optimal conditions. Most doctors are into disease management, not health management and the idea of optimal states falls on deaf ears.
Need these labs with ranges in list format:
AM cortisol - at 8AM please
fT4 - please not T3, T4
FDA does not have set TRT threasholds and different labs have different results and ranges. Not many doctors are good at these things and oddly, Endos and urologists seem to be the worst.
We can get a good idea about overall thyroid function by checking oral body temperatures as per the thyroid basics sticky.
Low thyroid function can drive fat gain. Another sign is sparse outer eyebrows and one may feel cold easier. Thyroid can be messed up from not using iodized salt.
Please read these stickies found here: https://forums.t-nation.com/t/about-the-t-replacement-category/38/2?u=ksman
- advice for new guys - need more info about you
- things that damage your hormones
- protocol for injections
- thyroid basics
- finding a TRT doc
Please list whatever medications, Rx and OTC that you have used in last two years.
Please list supplements.
Vit-D3 is changes into Vit-D25 in our bodies and Vit-D25 is an essential steroid hormone needed for normal gene expression and normal cellular function. Please take 10,000iu per day. Take 25,000 for first 5 days. Test Vit-D25 at a future date to see where the supplements put you. Look for tiny 5,000iu gel capsules. Take these and other oils, fish oil etc, with low fiber meals.
We need to get your metabolic rate restored to enable fat loss.
How tall are you? Is 73" a typo?