I’ve been lurking around here for a while and wanted to post my most recent labs and get some thoughts/opinions on my numbers and course of action moving forward.
I’m a type one diabetic. Formerly obese ma n. I weighted close to 300 pounds five years ago. Currently at 195 pounds and 6 foot tall. Probably around 20% body fat, not much muscle mass. I lift 4-5 days a week and try to stay active. For the past year or more, I’ve been feeling run down. Little motivation to start/finish stuff. Libido has declined significantly. Late last year I started having ED problems. Went to my endo who just ran a total testosterone test only. It came back on the low end of normal. He dismissed it. So I went to a T-mill and got the full tests and brought them to him. Those tests showed low T and a high SHBG. After seeing that, my endo ran a bunch of tests (below) and has diagnosed me with hypogonadism. He is starting me out on Androgel for 10-12 weeks and then run the tests again.
I’m not against the gel, but would prefer injections. I give myself multiple insulin shot daily just to stay alive, so one more isn’t going to kill me. But he said he wanted to see how I responds to the gel. Fortunately, insurance is picking up the tab and the gel will only cost me $75 for the three months’ supply. I’m willing to give the gel a try just because I want to start feeling better and to get Captain Winkie working again.
HA1C: 5.1% (4.8-5.6)
Glucose: 79 (65-99 mg/dL)
TSH: 1.9 (0.40-4.50 mIU/L)
ALT: 77 (0-44 IU/L)
AST: 53 (0-40 IU/L)
Vitamin B12: 1366 (232-1245 pg/mL)
Total Testosterone: 127 (250-827 ng/dL)
Prolactin: 3.2 (2.0-18.0 ng/mL)
Sex Hormone Binding Globulin: 59 (10-50 nmol/L)
Estradiol: 21 (<=39 pg/mL)
LH: 2.2 (1.7-8.6 mIU/mL)
FSH: 2.9 (1.5-12.4 mIU/mL)
Free T4: 1.68 (.82-1.7 ng/dL)
T3: 73 (71-180 ng/dL)