Allow me to present to you my unique constellation of levels:
Sex: Male Age: 24 Height: 6'0" Weight: 190
Testosterone Serum: 564 ng/dL Free testosterone: 10.8 pg/ml TSH: 2.16 uIU/mL DHEA-Sulfate: 344 ug/dL
Total LDL: 61 Total HDL: 60 Total VLDL: 19 Total Cholesterol: 140
Mineral deficiencies: zinc and copper.
I'm relatively muscled and have a sex drive. But suffer from severe depression/anxiety and chronic pain. Presumably this has something to do with my testosterone levels. I have eliminated most grains from my diet and have been consuming high amounts of heart healthy fats (grass fed beef, coconut oil, eggs).
I'd appreciate any community insights.
asked byjungleface (15)
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on July 29, 2012
at 09:32 PM
You have low testosterone because the sex hormones are made from cholesterol, specifically LDL. Your total cholesterol is very low, lowest all cause mortality risk is 200-240/260mg/dl: http://i578.photobucket.com/albums/ss230/tedhutchinson/cholesterol-mortality.gif
It's strange your cholesterol is so low while eating plenty of good fats, and that you have a deficiency in zinc, of which meat is plentiful. It's possible you have poor absorption, do you have or have had gastrointestinal issues? If this is the case then repairing the digestive will really help. To do so I recommend gelatinous broth (as gut cells can feed directly on gelatin) and the removal of FODMAPs.
Low stomach acid will also reduce absorption of nutrients. You have test is easily at home, just swallow 1/2tsp bicarb dissolved in a little water first thing in the morning, if you burp after a minute or too you have plenty of stomach acid. To improve stomach acid production, make sure you get plenty of unrefined salt a the chloride is needed to make stomach acid. I little lemon juice in water or vinegar before meals improves stomach acid production as does broth and the juice from fermented vegetables.
Good sources of copper are liver and oysters. For zinc, meat. The ideal ratio for intake is ten times as much zinc as copper, with 15 and 1.5mg being a good minimum, up to ~30 and 3mg, respectively.
on July 30, 2012
at 02:55 AM
Before going Paleo I had a similar issues with low T. The biggest culprit was shift work in a very stressful work environment. So if you are working to raise your T levels the first mandatory thing you have to do is make sure your sleep cycle is solid and you are sleeping until you damn near wake up on your own every morning. Also check your caffeine intake. Make sure you are eating plenty of green veggies for intestinal health for good absorption. Also, be weary of depression/anxiety meds as they are known to cause problems with testosterone. Good luck and please post results.
on July 29, 2012
at 09:16 PM
Your cholesterol is too low and may be contributing to your low testosterone and your depression.
Get it up to at least 150
on January 14, 2013
at 11:44 AM
Your testosterone is definitely low and probably the only reason behind all that depression and muscle pain. You should go through some Ageless Male testimonials. This supplement will elevate your T levels and bring them within a tolerable range. You should also think of following up some form of exercise – lifting weights is the best way to pump up your muscles and T levels. If that's not for you, then do cardiovascular exercises which will increase energy metabolism and also boost low T.
on July 30, 2012
at 03:27 AM
Did your tests include a check for serum levels of vitamin D? Low vitamin D is strongly linked to low testosterone and is easy to supplement.