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High SHBG means low Free testosteron?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 18, 2012 at 2:51 PM

I had a bloddwork done a month ago.

My testosterone was OK, 20 nmol/L (576 ng/dL) and it should be 6.7 nmol/L (193 ng/dL)-31 nmol/L (893 ng/dL).

But my SHBG (SexualHormonBinding Globulin) was a little high, 71 nmol/L (7.98 ??g/ml). It should be between 15.3 nmol/L (1.72 ??g/ml) and 65.3 nmol/L (7.3 ??g/ml).

You can se my bloodwork here, http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xKBjq6qnS_8/T3Oa4B1zM1I/AAAAAAAABVo/j2n0ua_xpY0/s1600/img005.jpg

Does this mean that my free testosterone is low and how can I fix that if that??s the case.

I eat quit good (not strict paleo, a little grains and dair, but and a lot of veggies and protein). I do not sleep as much as a should. Go to bed at 23.30 and wake-up aprox 5.30-6.00 (even if I want to sleep longer) and can??t go to sleep again. I usually need to go up to pee at least one time at night. I don??t feel that all my training is giving me the muscle that I think it should. Do strengthtraining and sometimes crossfit WODs. I have almost the same numbers on my lifts that I had for a year ago.

I??d now been on a strict paleo for 4 weeks. Do you think my SHBG-levels gone down?

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on August 23, 2012
at 12:38 AM

Based on this calculator http://www.issam.ch/freetesto.htm your free T is 72 ng/l. That is low if you're a male. Could be a sign of overtraining.

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on April 19, 2012
at 01:57 PM

A1C 4.7 is great!

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on April 19, 2012
at 12:10 PM

Thanks! HBA1C was 38 mmol/mol (4,7), so I think that´s normal. Maybe I should get a glokometer to se my blood sugar. I´m not on any medication

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on September 05, 2012
at 08:58 PM

Shame more people haven't answered this, its an interesting topic. Perhaps no-one has offered thoughts as it is such a complicated subject. You'll almost certainly do better with more sleep!

A big factor in SHBG levels seems to be energy status. One effect of switching to a more paleo type diet is a reduction in total energy because you're more satiated. If you then lose body weight/fat you're likely in an energy deficit which would increase SHBG. Being 'anabolic' i.e. eating more, will generally lead to decreases in SHBG.

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on October 04, 2012
at 01:25 PM

You must also consider the fact that higher SHBG means lower free estrogens (estradiol & estrone). look into the importance of the androgen/estrogen levels as I believe there may be something to it.

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on April 18, 2012
at 03:45 PM

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on April 19, 2012
at 12:10 PM

Thanks! HBA1C was 38 mmol/mol (4,7), so I think that´s normal. Maybe I should get a glokometer to se my blood sugar. I´m not on any medication

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on April 19, 2012
at 01:57 PM

A1C 4.7 is great!

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