Hi, I'm 34 and been struggling with thyroid and testosterone issues for the last couple of years (hypothyroid and hypogonadism). While most of my doctors won't search for a root cause, I have one who encouraged me to start paleo. It took a lot of convincing but I finally did it after one failed attempt a year or so ago. I'm 5'9" and weighed as much as 215 an I'm down to 190. The doctor that suggested paleo thinks it may be possible to quit testosterone replacement and restart my HPTA now that I'm getting into better health. From the things I have read, bad omega ratios can cause havok with your hormones. I found an abstract a few days ago that suggests that these bad ratios can really screw up testosterone levels. I'm working under the assumption right now that eating terribly and not exercising contributed to my overall poor health and bad hormone levels for the lack of good medical information from doctor's who don't care and would rather hand out a pill. What I don't know is: Does eat SAD for years cause irreparable damage to hormones or can eating paleo and cleaning up your health heal your hormone pathways? I'd like to hear from anyone who was on TRT, ate a SAD (sad indeed) diet, and didn't exercise but found paleo, lost weight, and exercise regularly. BTW, I have read many, many sites including paleo sites about testosterone as well as peruse TRT and steroid sites but I feel like I have no clear answers after many hours of research.
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Congratulations on your success with your paleo lifestyle.When men are overweight, adipose tissue converts testosterone into estrogen. Your pituitary "sees" estrogen and testosterone the same, so it does not increase the release of LH and FSH in repose to low testosterone in the presence of high estrogen. At your current weight, your BMI is 28 which puts you in the "overweight' category. Further weight loss may bring your testosterone levels back to normal. Furthermore, at 34, HCG injections may be a better option for you. HCG stimulates your own testes to produce more testosterone.
I've been doing well on paleo and love it. I've lost 20 pounds already. What I'm afraid of is I quit TRT but my levels will be low but not low enough to get back on it. I have to say I'm doing really well with it though. I don't have to take an aromatase inhibitor so that's good. Anyway, I was completely unaware that PCBs were the primary cause of hypgonadism. As I mentioned, I found a medical abstract that suggests bag omega ratios is one of the biggest culprits. I'll stay the course for now but I had how "unnatural" I feel with the injections. It's not something I can quantify or put into words but it definitely doesn't feel the same as before when I was in relatively good health.
You could probably do it, but not with just a paleo diet. Paleo isn't exactly going to just raise your testosterone, you need to workout, remove stress, sleep better, and avoid environmental toxins. You might have to take something else to get your "boys" going again but it will take months maybe years to recover depending on how long you were using. Most men are suffering from low test because of pcbs/endocrine disrupters in the environment, they are completely impossible to avoid. But you can limit your exposure to them. Your best bet is to get off the trt try paleo with some higher carbs and exercise/try to avoid pcbs/endocrine disrupters. Good luck