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Testosterone Replacement Levels


#1

What level do you shoot for?


#2

I want to be in the "high normal" range but most docs will want to keep you in the mid to low normal range.


#3

Generally if you have a doctor that knows what he's doing he'll shoot for the range of a normal healthy 21 year old male. So that can be anywhere above 700


#4

i stay between 800 to 1000 with 7.5 g of Androgel a day.


#5

An optimal range is 700-900 ng/dl and more importantly a free range of 100 ng/dl to 150 ng/dl. Free measures how much T you use and how much is not bound up to SBGH.

It is also important to measure DHT levels. You may have optimal levels of T if you can block the conversion of T to DHT. Saw Palmetto works well for blocking DHT.

Bottom line is this, if you have morning wood every day, you probably have optimal levels. three times per week is okay, once a week is bad, once every two weeks and you are barely a man :wink:

Other tests that are worth doing are:

Estradiol
DHEA
Cortisol
Thyroid
IGF-1

Candida is also a great thing to have checked. Unfortunately it requires a stool test which is never pleasant. If you have sugar cravings all of the time you probably have candida.