Those of you who -- inexplicably -- read my posts may remember a thread last month where I reported the failure of my plans to regain my pre-ADT baseline levels of Testosterone without exogenous supplementation. (see Still Hung Like a Hamster: and Update
) I decided to supplement and, after a struggle to find an affordable source, I finally managed to score some 10% T cream on 1/26 which I have been applying as directed every morning since. I just got back the results of blood work after 25 days of the treatment. I'm not sure what to think of the results.
Here are my previous seven total T levels, approx every three months, starting in April 2016 when my T recovery peaked then started to decline: 273, 206, 188, 199, 126, 185, 172. My lab suggests a "normal" range of 175-781 ng/dL and the midpoint of that range is 478. My pre-ADT baseline was around 700. During those 20 months I tried clomiphene and hCG to stimilate my natural production with disappointing results.
I had blood drawn earlier this week and the number is... drumroll
... 208 ... rimshot, kazoo fanfare dribbles off...
So, OK, that's kinda disappointing. I was hoping for twice that.
But it's only been four weeks. Maybe I should be patient and see where I am in another three months. Does transdermal T supplementation take a while to reach a stable level? Or should I talk about
boosting the dose? Whaddja think?
I am also thinking about
boosting my daily vitamin D3 supplementation. I take sort of a lot (15,000 IU daily) but my tested levels (Vitamin D 25 Hydroxy) have been dropping: 39, 30, 29, 56, 54, 49, 49, 46. The normal range is 30-100, mid-range is 65. The jump from 29 to 56 was a response to increasing my daily D3 from 10,000 to 15,000 IU but it's been dropping off since. Maybe I'll try 20,000 IU and see what that does.
There have been a few studies that look at the relationship between Vitamin D levels and testosterone. They have a fairly high correlation but they both also correlate with obesity. Some researchers "control" for obesity and find that it explains most of the correlation but I'm not sure how much sense that makes. It's not at clear to me that weight is a free variable. It seems equally valid to consider the three to constitute a syndrome -- Low Vitamin D, Low T, and Low self-control in the lunch line seem to go along together.Classical reference in title.