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Symptoms of Low T, Help with Blood Work Results


#1

30/M - Experiencing symptoms of low T (low energy, low libido, mild ED)

A few weeks ago I had some blood work that showed some low T levels, but the draw was done at 1:30PM, so I wanted to do a morning draw to get more accurate results. Below is a link to the draw that was done yesterday morning around 7:50AM. Didn’t get prolactin on this test unfortunately.

http://imgur.com/a/fxB3F

Albumin 48g/L (35-50)

I didn’t have the best sleep the night before (woke up pretty early and couldn’t get back to sleep, slept from around 9:45 until 3 AM), so I am sure that had an impact. I do normally get 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Over the past month and a half or so I have modified my diet to include 4-6 whole eggs a day, increased healthy fat intake (though I was already taking in a decent amount prior), took daily zinc and magnesium supplements, added a couple Brazil nuts a day for selenium. I am a pretty diet conscious person, weight lift heavy 4-5 days a week and sit around 10-12% body fat.

I do have andogel which I was prescribed, but haven’t started as I wanted this additional panel taken.

I am curious as to what people can determine from these results, and what approach I should take to improving my symptoms.

Thanks!


#2

Please read the stickies found here: About the T Replacement Category

  • advice for new guys
  • things that damage your hormones
  • protocol for injections
  • finding a TRT doc

Evaluate your overall thyroid function by checking oral body temperatures as per the thyroid basics sticky. Thyroid hormone fT3 is what gets the job done and it regulates mitochondrial activity, the source of ATP which is the universal currency of cellular energy. This is part of the body’s temperature control loop. This can get messed up if you are iodine deficient. In many countries, you need to be using iodized salt. Other countries add iodine to dairy or bread.


#3

Your test is within range, 14.6nmol/l does not really warrant TRT, you should be looking to elevate levels naturally.