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Help Understanding Testosterone Test Results

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 25, 2012 at 4:11 AM

I received back test results today. I've done some online searching but having a difficult time understanding my testosterone results. They seem a little low but need help understanding if I should be concerned or not. I'm a 39 year old male, good shape and strict paleo - but possibly overtrained. All other test results appear good. If testosterone is low what is recommended other than rest and recovery? Thanks.

Name                            Normal Range    24-Jan 2012
Testosterone                    280-1100            631
Sex Hormone Binding Globulin    13-71               61
Testosterone, Free              47-244              88.1
Testosterone, % Free            1.6-2.9             1.4
Testosterone, Bioavailable      131-682             219.3
Alb                             3.3-4.8             4

F4f07f76bb2770ce2596fa9fa2f7e18d

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on January 25, 2012
at 04:51 PM

Thanks for the responses. Can anyone point me to a good resource that describes in detail each test above? I'm trying to make sense of what free, free % and bioavailable is. Thanks.

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on January 25, 2012
at 11:25 AM

How is the "free" test done? If it is FAI, it's [invalid][1] according wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_androgen_index

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9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on January 25, 2012
at 11:28 AM

How is the "free" test done? If it is FAI, it's invalid according wikipedia.

You don't put the units used so I don't have anything to say about the numbers themselves.

I've started natural testosterone-supporting actions to boost my testosterone (hopefully). Here's what I've gathered:

I got rid of all plastic food containers due to BPA in them, same with all canned foods (including canned tomatoes). NOTE THAT BPA-FREE DOESN'T MEAN A PLASTIC IS NECSSARILY SAFE from hormonal perspective, therefore I am erring on the side of caution and eliminating all plastics. This includes plastic water bottles (bought Klean Kanteens) and lunch boxes (LunchBots). Note that many aluminum and metal water bottles actually have a plastic lining.

I haven't been able to replace canned tuna (BPA in can linings), as I can't source BPA-free tuna in Europe. Same with some store-bought meats and some veggies, as they are packaged in plastic. I'm moving to use the local butcher and open air market for veggies, as they don't do that. There are additional benefits from using those, of course.

Also, I added allegedly testosterone-promoting foods:

* Liver (zinc)
* Fish and shellfish
* Avocado for vitamins
* Asparagus for vitamins
* Broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cabbage for anti-estrogen

Further tips here.

I'll have my test results in the Spring to see what impact my actions have had.

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on January 25, 2012
at 06:09 AM

Total is very good. Free & bioavailable is relatively low, but still well within normal range. Why is the question. It would be very useful to repeat the test and get E2 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Estradiol) checked to make sure it is not too high...

While there are supplements which increase free testosterone significantly, such as http://www.nutraplanet.com/product/nutraplanet/divanex-120-capsules.html I'm not familiar with dietary interventions, suggest you google this.

(Provided you are lean. If not, lose fat)

Overtraining=bad, for a whole host of reasons. Stop.

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on February 12, 2013
at 08:46 AM

Go to labtestsonline.org- they have it explained well. Yes, stop the overtraining.

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655460115bb9a4b241526ebfd0812d33

on February 12, 2013
at 08:45 AM

Go to labtestsonline.org- they have it explained well. Yes, stop the overtraining.

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