Hey all - first time poster here. Got my lab results, and wondering if I should try TRT. Here’s my background info:
I’ve been on antidepressants since my early 20s, and I think it may have messed up my brain and my hormones. Always been moody and anxious etc. Started having brain fog, lack of energy, low libido the past 5 years or so.
I’ve actually been working for 3 or 4 years now to dial in my lifestyle and my mindset, and I’m working on getting off of the A/D’s, but when you’ve been on them this long, it’s a slow process.
As far as lifestyle, I eat low carb/Keto, because I’ve found that it really helps with my depression and anxiety, and I basically plan to eat this way for life. Used to drink a lot of alcohol and smoke a lot of weed. Quit both completely about 8 months ago. Drink a lot of coffee.
Work a desk job, but try to hit the gym a couple of times a week to get some activity. Not doing a “program” or anything. Just doing some basic lifting and time on the treadmill so that I’m not completely sedentary.
Always been skinny. 38 y/o, 5’9", 150 lbs. Terrible time gaining muscle. It’s gotten even worse in recent years. No problem growing a beard, and I shave every few days. Hardly any armpit hair or chest hair though; not sure if that means anything.
So anyway, decided to get my T tested recently at a specialty clinic in town. SHBG is sky high, which I’ve read can come from a low carb diet? Total T is normal. Free T is low because of the SHBG.
The clinic is recommending TRT. They weren’t pushy about it at all, but I know that they have a business to run.
I’m somewhat hesitant to start on something that’s a lifetime commitment if it’s unneccessary.
But with that being said, if TRT were to give me the benefits that I read about some guys getting, with the sense of well being, less depression/anxiety, high energy, high libido, easier muscle gain etc, I’d be totally down for it.
Here are my lab results. Any feedback? Should I go the TRT route? If so, recommendations on protocol? I’m in the US, by the way.