I decided to get a total and free testosterone test done and ended up with unexpected low results. Total T was 231 and free was 39.
I am 47 years old, low daily stress. Married. Sexually active and interested. Been getting stronger in the gym near my peak levels approaching 1300 powerlifting total. Get strong from just a few work sets with low reps, 3-6 sets of 2-3 exercises a day sets of 1-6 with 1-4 reps in the tank on all sets. Big exercises only.
I am 5-9 210 which is pretty much where I have been for the last 20 years. Never got lean but I look like I lift.
Never had T test before. If anything I would have assumed that I had normal to higher T since I am still regularly sexually active and interested, married for 20 years, also never had a problem gaining muscle or strength, but tended to have some fat on hips and chest which I would have guessed was slightly elevated estrogen (not consistent with low T as I understand).
I eat a saturated/monounsatured fat based diet with plenty of protein and I eat starches but virtually no sugar.
I quite using tobacco 5 years ago, and quit drinking alcohol in my 20s. I tend to overcaffeinate and will wake up at night a couple of times, but I get plenty of sleep in terms of hours. Maybe I have poor sleep quality. My son has type I diabetes and so I tend to be a little alert at night and may check his glucose monitor.
Also, have not been able to lose abdominal fat with calorie restriction like I used to. Even a few years ago, I could bring down my waist size fast in 6-8 weeks of cutting calories.
A1C is 4.9. (I do have relatives with type II diabetes). Also, could have sleep apnea. Dad and both brothers had it. I was negative 8 years ago.
Anyway, its one test, so I am wondering if I should wait and retest in a certain time frame? Should I try anything nutritionally or in terms of exercise?