After a life of first being tall and skinny, then turning into a fat slob behind a desk, at 45 I made changes. Now 51, I'm in decent shape...6'2", 190 lb, 10-12% BF. I've noticed the last year or so a definite "slowing down" and declining of energy, stamina, and interest in life. Friends that own a health food store suggested a male hormone panel - their store provided the testing - although it was saliva testing - which I doubted was any good I did it anyway since they did it for me for free. testing showed everything being very low...even estradiol.
I then went to a doc - showed him the results - and he ordered total T and free T via blood test. The results are as follows:
total T - 494 ng/DL range 250-1100
free T - 71.6 pg/ml range 35 - 155
The doc of course said - "you're fine and not to worry about anything" and even suggested that maybe I was just depressed and reminded me that I wasn't 25 anymore.
I have done some online digging and have found references to age-adjusted T ranges - since reference ranges could include young and old all together. Depending on the source - my results do appear low.
I'm just a regular guy who works hard and is committed to a healthy lifestyle. At 51 I'm smart enough to know that I am a little slower and not seeing results that I could have seen if I made lifestyle changes 30 years ago. I also know that HRT has it's good and bad points.
Any advice from anyone on this subject would be greatly appreciated.