As a 61 yo type 2 diabetic, my GP informed me at last years physical (June 2009) that my T was low at 259 and that I might want to consider TRT. Since I was observing some of the symtoms of low T he started me on one tube of Testim/day and after 3 months my T increased to only 325. The dosage was then increased to 2 tubes/day and when it was rechecked last December it had risen to 499. After doing some further reading, I began to suspect Estradoil might be contributing to the problem so I started to take Zinc. Several months after that I added D3 and DIM.
Today, I received the results from my blood test as follows:
Total T = 1153 (range 250 - 1100)
% Free T = 2.85 (range 1.5 - 2.2)
Free T = 328.3 (range 35 - 155)
E = 40 (range 13 - 54)
PSA = .2 (range < 4.0)
T3 Uptake = 38 (range 22 - 35)
T4 Total = 4.3 (range 4.5-12.5)
Free T4 Index = 1.6 (range 1.4 - 3.8)
TSH = 2.68 (range .4 - 4.5)
Total Cholesterol = 92 ( range 125 - 200)
HDL = 38 (range > 40)
Triglcerides = 45 (range < 150)
LDL = 45 (range < 130)
The GP recommended the following: alternate Testim dosage two tubes one day and one tube the next to get the level down. Since my Cholesterol is low, he said I can try stopping Simvastatin and see what the affect is in September. I also take Metformin and Liscinopril.
I am not sure if this spike in T also increased my E, as he never previously tested for E.
To this end, I am wondering about adding Actelyn L Carnitine and possibly Lipoic acid for my blood sugar and continuing with the the Zinc, D3 and DIM. My AICs have been running under 5.6 for several years, but my fasting glucose is typically high (eg 116 on this last test).
I was quite surprised about this recent blood test as I suspected my T level would have stayed about the same as the December 2009 test at 499. Could those supps have caused this boost, coupled with the heavier lifting I have been doing over the last few months?
I would appreciate your thoughts recommendations as there seems to be more knowledge here than in the Drs office.