For much of my adult life I’ve struggled with relatively minor but chronic low mood and energy, difficulty gaining muscle/losing fat, and erratic/low libido. These problems seem to have worsened recently, and I came to suspect low T, though this doesn’t seem to be the case.
|TSH||1.48||µmol / ml||0.27 - 4.2|
|Т4 free||1.29||ng/dl||0.93 - 1.7|
|T3 free||3.68||ng/ml||2.0 - 4.4|
|prolactin||11.9||ng/ml||4.04 - 15.2|
|LH||7.43||mmol/ml||1.7 - 8.6|
|progesterone||0.209||ng/ml||<0.05 - 0.149|
|E2||60.3||pg/ml||11.3 - 43.2|
|T total, serum||34.7||nmol/L||8.64 - 29.0|
|SHBG||47||nmol/L||18.3 - 54.1|
Update - added some more tests a few weeks later
|DHT||777.46||pg/ml||250.0 - 990.0|
|DHEA-S||475||µg/dl||160.0 - 449.0|
|IGF-1||143||ng/ml||41.0 - 246.0|
|Cortisol||23.4||µg/dl||6.02 - 18.40|
|Free T||36.529||pg/ml||15.0 - 50.0|
34 years old
waist ~34", 31 pant
average to thin frame body. facial hair sparse/patchy but fast growing. bodyfat mostly belly.
no significant health history other than some GI issues (LPR), no drugs.
typically heavy lifting 3-4 times/weekly and light cardio, currently taking a break. marked difficulty building lean mass and dropping bodyfat.
diet leans low carb high fat - lots of meat eggs, dairy, fish. supplementing with vit D only.
morning wood much less frequent than usual, libido is shot
i sweat easily, get hot very easily. this is not new, but the overheating while exercising seems to be getting worse as i get older.
I’ll admit that I was disappointed by the initial test results. Part of me was hoping to confirm my suspicions so I’d have an answer and a potential path forward, but I seem to be within normal range, so it’s back to the drawing board.