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I have checked your blood test results. Basically your total testosterone is on thelower side of the normal, but still normal!
after that we check the free testosterone which has also come back normal. It shows normal androgen status.
Everything looks good on these results.
now looking at your lifestyle, its very healthy and your BMI is 25.4, which is just above the normal limit. Normal should be up to 25.
with low testosterone levels the greatest concern is hypogonadism i.e when you have testicular problems or problems in the brain due to which you are not producing enough sex hormones. It does not appear that this likley in your case as you would have noticed other symptoms too such as erectile dysfunctions, loss of body hair,breast discomfort etc.
I do not see any cause of concern here. You can just monitor it for now. repeat the levels in 3-6 months and check it in the morning on fasting. If you do however notice any symptoms of hypogonadism such as above then you should speak to your doctor.
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There are studies that suggest that individuals who prefer Western-style food (bread and pastries, dairy products, and desserts), eat out, and eat fewer homemade foods, noodles, and dark green vegetables are more likely to have an unhealthy body composition (e.g., increased visceral fat and decreased skeletal muscle mass) and low serum total Testosterone levels, and are likely to develop hypogonadism.
There is a herbal remedy called Tribulus terrestrial, which has been used to increased testosterone and muscle mass, however the results are mixed.
Regular vitamin D supplements have been found to be helpful.
The above symptoms that you have mentioned could be due to low mood and reduced libido. The levels of your testosterone are not at the level where it would produce such symptoms. Is there any other stress or anxiety going on?
dosage of tribulus, I don't know at the moment. you will have to do some research on it. and go for it only if you find any good reviews. check with holland and Barrett if they suggest any supplements containing this?
vitamin D daily recommendation is 400 it, easily available everywhere.
i did not come across any problems with dairy.
Thank you for the feedback.
good luck with the treatment.