One For the Guys

A couple of weeks ago I blogged about getting my testosterone levels checked.  Last week my doctor sent me an email saying that the results were “normal” but didn’t give me the exact figures.  I had to email her back and politely ask again for the exact results.  I just received them today and she replied with:

Testosterone level is 380.  Normal value is 280-800.

Now when I first saw that I must admit I was a little concerned.  I had assumed that because I often work out that perhaps my testosterone levels would be at least at the middle of the normal range, and was shocked that i was so close to the bottom.  I decided to do a little more research to see what constitutes a “low normal”.

I came across some interesting websites for references. The first website I looked at was here, which includes a table assessing average testosterone levels in men, by age.  This seems to fit my requirements exactly.  I have pasted a copy of the second table on that page here, for convenience:

Measurements in Conventional Units (ng/dl), SHBG in (nmol/L)

Age Number
of
Subjects
Total
Test
Stand.
Dev.
Free
Test
Stand.
Dev.
SHBG Stand.
Dev.
25-34
45
617
170
12.3
2.8
35.5
8.8
35-44
22
668
212
10.3
1.2
40.1
7.9
45-54
23
606
213
9.1
2.2
44.6
8.2
55-64
43
562
195
8.3
2.1
45.5
8.8
65-74
47
524
197
6.9
2.3
48.7
14.2
75-84
48
471
169
6.0
2.3
51.0
22.7
85-100
21
376
134
5.4
2.3
65.9
22.8

As you can see, my 330 result places me in the 85-100 year old age group.  Argh!  As a 43 year old that doesn’t make me feel too good!  I then looked at the wikipedia entry for testosterone, and read the following:

In the United States, male total testosterone levels below 300 ng/dL from a morning serum sample are generally considered low.

So again, a 330 result puts me firmly in that low range.  So am I actually suffering from low testosterone (androgen deficiency)?  Well, the same websites lists the following as the signs of low testosterone:

Physical Signs/Symptoms of Low Testosterone

  • Erectile dysfunction (impotence: inability to develop or maintain an erection)
  • – Fatigue (lack of energy)
  • – Muscle mass and strength (reduced)
  • – Body fat (increased)
  • – Back pain
  • – Osteoporosis development (reduced bone mass/density and increased risk of fracture)
  • – Heart attack risk (higher incidence of sudden death)
  • – Cholesterol (high: especially LDL/HDL ratio)
  • – Refractory period increased (time it takes to have sex again)
  • – Sperm count (reduced fertility)
  • – Gynecomastia (development of male breasts)

Mental Male Menopause Symptoms

  • Libido decreased (lowered sex drive)
  • – Brain fog (difficulty concentrating)
  • – Memory problems

Emotional Andropause Symptoms

  • Depression (sadness, hopelessness, despair)
  • – Motivation and ambition (decreased)
  • – Irritability (increased anger, agitation, or loss of patience)

Out of this list I could agree to 1. decrease of muscle mass and strength (even with training I find it impossible to make gains), 2. Back pain (that certainly has increased over the last few months) 3. Motivation and ambition decreased.  I also may be suffering from a decrease in libido, however I’m not sure what is “normal’ for a 43 year old.  I know that often I just can’t be bothered with it.

The final website I looked at mentioned that the most important test to do is “free testosterone” (which I didn’t get done), so I need to go somewhere where they can do that.

So the upshot of all this is that I’ve decided to go and visit the Anti Aging Clinic that I mentioned a few months ago and see what the doctor there says.  It is obvious from my rheumatologist’s response (that my results are normal) that it would be difficult to have her do anything, so I’ll go to the aging expert.  I plan to do that just after the New Year.

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