Thank you for your response; I did read the stickies.
Yes, the VA docs will only treat me if my total test is at 400, on their range scale which is 72-800.
Surprisingly, they don't care about free test or bioavailable test....they actually told me they ONLY care if my total test is 400.... perfectly midrange on their scale of 72-800.
My free test really IS 400 on a range of 46-224. (Guessing perhaps because I take 10,000iu of D3 per day).
My total test is 900 on their range of 72-800.
I would say I AM pre-diabetic, as I was told by another doc i trust, that I have metabolic syndrome.
I have recently changed my diet to include only the following: chicken breasts, tilapia, broccoli, olive oil, carrots, walnuts, a low carb/low cal protein drink after exercise, and one serving of rice per day. Total calories at 2,000, but I weigh 230, and have about %25 body fat.
Another factor: I have a condition called bile acid malabsorption, so I have problems digesting fats and other nutrients.
I started weightlifting again after a several year layoff due to back injury.
I think my new eating plan will help me control blood sugar, and I'll keep the calories low until I have significant weight loss to justify increasing them.
I read that lowered FSH and LH is a typical result of TRT, but didn't know if my extremely low amounts, .3 and .7 on a range of 1.6-9, was somehow "dangerous".
My SHBG has always been somewhat low; before treatment, it was 10 on a range of 10-50.
During treatment, it dropped from 10, to 7, now at 5.
So I have always been at the bottom of the range.