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Hack my Labs - 30yo male, low total cholesterol, low testosterone

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created December 16, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Last month I had my blood tested by WellnessFX. Results showed low total cholesterol, low Vitamin D, some liver concerns. I had a pretty good action plan put together to address these things. Then I had a hormone/cortisol test through ZRT Labs done showing what I believe is some adrenal fatigue and less than ideal testosterone/estradiol scores (T dropping from 557 to 215 over 3 years).

Question 1: Should I proceed with my weight-loss plan (described below) or approach my health with a different perspective towards the adrenal/hormone results?

Question 2: Should I supplement with either natural or hormone treatments for low testosterone before I resolve weight and sleep issues? If yes to hormone treatments, should I approach a Dr. now or wait a few more months to see what I can do with tight diet/supplements?

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Some background: I lost at least 30 lbs of fat in the time between the two blood tests. I probably ate about 50% low carb paleo and 50% terrible Standard American Diet. In the past 6-8 weeks I've really tightened up the diet. My primary goal is weight loss, although I really enjoy MMA and strength training. I do have symptoms of low testosterone and adrenal fatigue.

Average body temperature at waking is 35.48/95.87 (digital via mouth), 94.99 body

The original plan I put together based on paleo research and help with the WellnessFX practitioner:

  • 8 hours of sleep every night,
  • Betaine HCL and Super Enzymes to better absorb foods
  • Probiotic for better digestion
  • Liver Detox support
  • Vitamin D, Fish Oil, Cod Liver Oil/Butter Oil, Vitamin K, Vitamin D supplementation
  • Low carb whole foods diet based on combination of a few diets: GAPS Diet, The Paleo Solution Diet, Weston A Price / Nourishing Traditions, and Atkins / Low Carb Performance
  • Exercise 4x/week (MMA and Starting Strength)

705e66484ed64fe8e188123de398413e

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on January 15, 2013
at 06:40 PM

sounds like a terrible idea

705e66484ed64fe8e188123de398413e

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on December 22, 2012
at 05:34 AM

Opening a bounty...I need some help! Here's what I've heard elsewhere: subclinical hypothyroidism, iodine deficiency, and hHypocholesterolemia

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on December 17, 2012
at 04:34 PM

There's a correlation between muscle mass and testosterone, visceral fat and testosterone and age and testosterone. That's interesting that it dropped so severely in the last 3 years though.

705e66484ed64fe8e188123de398413e

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on December 17, 2012
at 04:23 PM

Hmm, total T was 557 3 years ago.

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on December 16, 2012
at 11:30 PM

Well, there's no doubt that you want higher testosterone. But a serious concern imo would be, if you start testosterone supplementation, will it be a lifelong thing? If so, I'd consider doing HIIT training and weight lifting to decrease fat, increase muscle mass and increase testosterone naturally before committing to testosterone supplementation (unless there's an immediate need to boost your test levels with supps). Some good people to listen to imo are Kiefer of Carb Back Loading and Phil Campbell of Sprint 8. These people will help you get where you need to be.

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on December 16, 2012
at 11:23 PM

I might have 3 yr old test score to add tomorrow. I think it was still sub 300 then at 220lbs.

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Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on December 16, 2012
at 10:56 PM

Okay, well by losing Fat your testosterone should go up. I wish you had a before and after of your testosterone as I think it would exemplify that point. You can do testosterone replacement therapy, and that will probably help you towards your goals, or you can attack the problem, lose fat, increase your testosterone naturally and that will also help you towards your goals.

You'll probably have to decide which to do on your own, but I think they are both reasonable propositions.

Question 1: Should I proceed with my weight-loss plan (described below) or approach my health with a different perspective towards the adrenal/hormone results?

Yes, you should keep losing fat while gaining/maintaining as much muscle mass as possible.

Question 2: Should I both with either natural or hormone treatments for low testosterone before I resolve weight and sleep issues? If hormone treatments, should I approach a Dr. now or wait a few more months to see what I can do with diet/supplements?

That's up to you, either way is good.

Watch this if you have the time.

705e66484ed64fe8e188123de398413e

(1013)

on December 16, 2012
at 11:23 PM

I might have 3 yr old test score to add tomorrow. I think it was still sub 300 then at 220lbs.

705e66484ed64fe8e188123de398413e

(1013)

on December 17, 2012
at 04:23 PM

Hmm, total T was 557 3 years ago.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on December 16, 2012
at 11:30 PM

Well, there's no doubt that you want higher testosterone. But a serious concern imo would be, if you start testosterone supplementation, will it be a lifelong thing? If so, I'd consider doing HIIT training and weight lifting to decrease fat, increase muscle mass and increase testosterone naturally before committing to testosterone supplementation (unless there's an immediate need to boost your test levels with supps). Some good people to listen to imo are Kiefer of Carb Back Loading and Phil Campbell of Sprint 8. These people will help you get where you need to be.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on December 17, 2012
at 04:34 PM

There's a correlation between muscle mass and testosterone, visceral fat and testosterone and age and testosterone. That's interesting that it dropped so severely in the last 3 years though.

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on April 16, 2013
at 03:14 PM

Do you have any other symptoms of hypothyroidism? Cold, low energy, not losing weight, dull skin etc?

It make be worth getting an aT3, rT3 and T4 test, if you do.

Most people going from SAD to paleo see a testosterone increase, so stay strict on the diet for 30 days and then get retested to see where you are

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on January 14, 2013
at 11:38 AM

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705e66484ed64fe8e188123de398413e

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on January 15, 2013
at 06:40 PM

sounds like a terrible idea

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