A few weeks ago I had my yearly physical and in addition to the normal blood work, and because my insurance covers it, I also had my testosterone levels checked. I figured that my levels were fine, but I was curious as to what they were (and to have a baseline for future comparison).
Results (target ranges in parentheses):
- Cholesterol (100-199 mg/dL): 203 (4 points above the maximum of the range which is fine, since 20 years ago, that would be considered normal)
- Triglycerides (30-150 mg/dL): 86
- HDL (40-59 mg/dL): 42 (could be higher, need to eat more olive oil)
- LDL (<100 mg/dL): 144 (“Borderline High” by my results sheet)
- TSH (0.32-5 mcIU/mL): 2.04 (Thyroid is working fine)
- My kidneys are working, no protein in my urine
- Interestingly, my white blood count is slightly low at 3.79 K/mcL (range 4.50-1.00). My doctor said that’s how my body functions.
- Total Testosterone: 687 ng/dL
- Free Testosterone: 12.2 pg/mL
I’m happy to say that there are no low T problems for me.
As an example, a couple of weeks ago I was talking to a really cute and feminine girl at My Local Corner Bar and I chubbed a bit due to her disposition. So my libido is not an issue; it was more of a mental than a physical reason why I haven’t been aggressively chasing skirt (instead of just looking). My body told me to stay in and recover, so I did.
Hell, I still wake up almost every morning with a boner.
On the issue of “testosterone increasing” supplements, I’m going to drop back to normal fish oil instead of the fish oil + krill. It’s too expensive for an effect that I’m not seeing or feeling. Zinc on the other hand, I’m going to drop down from 30 to 15 mg (the lower dose will still stack with my multivitamin).
Now I’ll just have to wait until next year to compare.