So, this morning I had my follow up appointment at the doc’s to discuss the results of the blood tests I took a couple of weeks ago. The good news: apparently I’m not dead.
After clearing up that pressing matter, we went through the rest of the results. My cholesterol is “excellent” apparently, I’ve got slightly low levels of one particular type of illness-fighting thing but the overall levels are fine (I literally never get ill anyway), and I have “large blood cells” (although he did admit that a lot of the tests were coming back from the lab like this – the lab technician probably put the wrong contact lenses in). I’m not anaemic, my prostate is normal, and I don’t have diabetes. All good things.
All of that is largely by the by however, since the main reason I went was to get my testosterone levels checked. Now, before I react too much to the figure on my results, I must confess that at this point I do not know if the level that was taken was the level that I should have been concerned with. I made sure that I told the doc when I went for the tests that I wanted the testosterone level “that should be around 600” to be checked (turns out this corresponds to a unit of ng/dL, or nanograms per decilitre). I have had a level checked, which is labelled as “serum testosterone” on the results sheet, which has come back in a unit of nmol/l, or nanomoles (really strange mental image of tiny burrowing creatures right now) per litre. There is a conversion between the two units, so no issues there, I’m just not wholly sure at this point if this is the relevant level.
The “normal” range is 10 – 30 nmol/l, which corresponds to 288 – 864 ng/dL (this is what I’ve seen quoted on many websites, so logically it looks like the level that was tested was in fact the correct one). My level was 11.6 nmol/l, or 334 ng/dL. Now, from what I gather, having read numerous resources on this subject, whilst this may be just within the normal range, this “normal” range is calculated as a bell curve from those patients experiencing severe symptoms of hypogonadism (love how the condition associated with low T has “gonad” in the name), and just because you are slightly within this, does not mean that those levels are not having a pronounced effect on your body chemistry. Indeed, Victor Pride is utterly adamant that any level below the average of 600 mg/dL should be considered far too low (Ctrl+F for “600” in comments), and to try and get on TRT immediately. Clearly, as compared to this metric, my levels are pretty pathetic.
And let’s not forget that testosterone levels have been dropping year on year for decades now.
“A man born in 1970 had about 20 percent less testosterone at age 35 than a man of his father’s generation at the same age.”
God only knows what that is down to by today. I’ve been compared to a baseline of low testosterone sissy men, and come out barely inside the normal range. On reflection, I’m actually surprised I’m not wearing stockings and suspenders at my desk at work right now. Or maybe I am…
The doctor was unrelenting in his assessment that my level was normal. I tried to argue the point over and over again that it was barely what could be considered normal, but he wasn’t having any of it. He said if I wanted to take it further, then I needed a referral for a follow-up appointment to a sexual dysfunction clinic (makes me feel so manly taking a trip down there), which I’ve got scheduled for just over a week’s time.
I’m going to hang fire doing anything about it for now, but if the people down at the clinic also appear unwilling to see my level as too low, then I’m just going to take matters into my own hands and self-medicate. It’s not like it’s difficult to get your hands on prescription meds in this day and age anyway. Let’s just hope I don’t get sent the wrong hormone by mistake, and end up with a massive pair of tits.
Here are my full results for anyone that’s interested (click for large version – column on the far right is normal level, the one to the left of that is my level). The saga continues…