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 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.
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.
on April 18, 2012
at 03:45 PM
Here's a good thread http://paleohacks.com/questions/17035/jack-up-your-testosterone#axzz1sPJ0dQ3m
also, acne medication can cause high SHBG
How is your blood sugar? High insulin and hyperthyroid can also affect it.