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Low testosterone in a 40 Y/O Male?

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 Posted 7/5/2014 5:45:38 AM
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Hi All,

Recently had some blood tests done by a naturopath as I've not been feeling well (tired, sore). I am a 40 YO male in good shape (could lose 10 lbs, can't we all!). 

My testosterone came back within range at 377 total ng/dL and bioavalable at 235 ng/Dl.

Ref range listed by labcorp for 40-49 yo's is 95-350 which seems low to me. Whenever I look online I find that the avg male in my age group is more like 550-600 in total testosterone.

Just curious if this is considered low? And can it be elevated naturally?

Thanks for any feedback!

Drew

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 Posted 7/6/2014 2:43:21 PM
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There are standard lab values and then there are optimal values. Life Extension's Male Hormone Restoration information http://www.lef.org/protocols/male_reproductive/male_hormone_restoration_01.htm suggests much higher optimal levels.

There are natural ways to elevate testosterone, such as those that inhibit 5-alpha reductase, thereby reducing the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotesterone, or aromatase inhibitors. Did you have your DHT or estradiol tested as well?


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 Posted 7/10/2014 12:05:04 PM
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Hi DDye,

Thanks for you reply, sorry for my delayed response. :-). I am having my estradiol checked. For DHT, that is the Dihydrotestosterone I take it? My value was tested and is at 32 ng/dL (labcorp ref range 30-85).

My SHBG is 19.0 nmol/L, not sure what the range is for that, but Lapcopr says its in the normal range. I just think my values are on the low side for a 40yo...though a Dr. hasn't told me that.

Will return my estradiol when the test comes back and of course will review the Male Hormone restoration guide LEF has...
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