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General Category => Testosterone, Hormones and General Men's Health => Topic started by: Boxcar on January 09, 2018, 03:34:38 am

Title: High Hematocrit (Dehydration?) High LDL (Estradiol?)
Post by: Boxcar on January 09, 2018, 03:34:38 am
Anyone have any experience with their hematocrit (and Hemoglobin/RBC) being elevated, simply from dehydration?  I recall being a bit dehydrated when I had blood drawn (was hard for the phlebotomist to find a good vein).  Although my testosterone is high, since starting HCG, my free testosterone is pretty reasonable (I suspect my SHBG is elevated, thanks to being in a caloric deficit).  My chloride is a point below-range, which also sounds like it could be dehydration-related.

My LDL is awful.  I know that high testosterone can do that.  But again, my free testosterone is not particularly high.  Could my sky-high estradiol be the cause here? 

If there is any good news, my fasting glucose has improved (perhaps related to dieting and elevated SHBG).  And my blood pressure has been pretty good, since losing weight (no longer taking medication for that).

Hematocrit 53.2
(38.5-50%)
Hemoglobin 18.4 (13.2-17.1g/dl)
Red Blood Cell Count 5.85 (4.2-5.8 Mil/ul)

Total Testosterone 1166 (250-1100 ng/dl)
Free Testosterone 172.6 (35-155 pg/ml)
Estradiol, Ultrasensitive 88 (<29 pg/ml)

Cholesterol 232 (<200 mg/dl)
HDL 43 (>40)
Trig 107 (<150 mg/dl)
LDL 167 (<100 mg/dl)

glucose 93 (65-99 mg/dl)

I have not seen any benefits from the HCG (testicular atrophy has not even changed), so it is looking like that is a failed experiment.
Title: Re: High Hematocrit (Dehydration?) High LDL (Estradiol?)
Post by: Boxcar on January 09, 2018, 05:13:23 am
Just wanted to add that my Ferritin was a bit low, although what that might mean:

Ferritin 97.6 (22-320 ng/ml)
Title: Re: High Hematocrit (Dehydration?) High LDL (Estradiol?)
Post by: sh1209 on January 09, 2018, 11:16:21 am
Your levels are too high for sure and yes this will cause your ldl to increase and hdl to drop. You could easily drop your dose by 30% and still be well within range. Dehydration can make some difference, but with your levels Iíd assure you that your levels as far as hematocrit is high. If these labs are pulled at your your trough, then you really need to drop your dose. Iím not a doctor but Iíve been around long time and have never seen anyone at your age with hdl that low. You should definitely discuss this with your doctor.
Title: Re: High Hematocrit (Dehydration?) High LDL (Estradiol?)
Post by: Cataceous on January 09, 2018, 01:44:46 pm
Going by Dr. Saya's rule of thumb (http://www.peaktestosterone.com/forum/index.php?topic=9939.msg86746#msg86746) you are not dehydrated, because hemoglobin is higher than a third of hematocrit.
Title: Re: High Hematocrit (Dehydration?) High LDL (Estradiol?)
Post by: golfboy307 on January 09, 2018, 04:46:23 pm
Also, are you having any symptoms from that super high E2 reading (88)?
Title: Re: High Hematocrit (Dehydration?) High LDL (Estradiol?)
Post by: Boxcar on January 09, 2018, 09:31:50 pm
Thanks guys.  Cat, that link is helpful.  The study that Peak cites, says that it is estradiol that raises Hematocrit in men.  That might explain why my Hematocrit was normal without the HCG (and much lower Estradiol).  I just took .25mg of anastrazole.  I am tempted to get followup testing tomorrow, to see if it was just the estrogen.  To err on the side of caution, I am dropping the HCG too.  But I would feel better knowing that it was just the estradiol and not the testosterone causing issues.
Title: Re: High Hematocrit (Dehydration?) High LDL (Estradiol?)
Post by: Boxcar on January 09, 2018, 09:32:43 pm
Also, are you having any symptoms from that super high E2 reading (88)?

Not at all.  Even when I was on anastrazole, with E2 in the 20's, I did not feel any different.
Title: Re: High Hematocrit (Dehydration?) High LDL (Estradiol?)
Post by: golfboy307 on January 10, 2018, 02:46:51 pm
Thats interesting... it just goes to show the E2 symptoms are highly variable among individuals.  I really started to notice when mine crept up into the 40's.  Let us know what you find out regarding the hemocrit and E2.
Title: Re: High Hematocrit (Dehydration?) High LDL (Estradiol?)
Post by: PeakT on January 12, 2018, 03:46:43 pm
Thanks guys.  Cat, that link is helpful.  The study that Peak cites, says that it is estradiol that raises Hematocrit in men.  That might explain why my Hematocrit was normal without the HCG (and much lower Estradiol).  I just took .25mg of anastrazole.  I am tempted to get followup testing tomorrow, to see if it was just the estrogen.  To err on the side of caution, I am dropping the HCG too.  But I would feel better knowing that it was just the estradiol and not the testosterone causing issues.

I haven't heard any of the docs tie estradiol to hematocrit, so I'm not sure how much of a factor the above is.
Title: Re: High Hematocrit (Dehydration?) High LDL (Estradiol?)
Post by: Boxcar on January 13, 2018, 06:56:36 pm
Thanks guys.  Cat, that link is helpful.  The study that Peak cites, says that it is estradiol that raises Hematocrit in men.  That might explain why my Hematocrit was normal without the HCG (and much lower Estradiol).  I just took .25mg of anastrazole.  I am tempted to get followup testing tomorrow, to see if it was just the estrogen.  To err on the side of caution, I am dropping the HCG too.  But I would feel better knowing that it was just the estradiol and not the testosterone causing issues.

I haven't heard any of the docs tie estradiol to hematocrit, so I'm not sure how much of a factor the above is.

Yea, that is news to me as well.  I got hematocrit re-tested, the day after I dropped my testosterone dose and took anastrazole.  Hematocrit was down to 45%.  This suggests to me that estradiol was the issue, since anastrazole works much faster than changes in dosing for testosterone cypionate (which was also the peak day, vs trough for the other test).  But now that I am confident that I am not about to drop dead, I am thinking of raising the TRT a bit and getting re-tested for hematocrit, this time with total testosterone as well.  It is probably unnecessary, but I want to know what is doing what here.
Title: Re: High Hematocrit (Dehydration?) High LDL (Estradiol?)
Post by: HRT Guru on January 14, 2018, 01:43:43 pm
If you were low SHBG that 88 E2 would be driving your nuts the amount of Free Estrogen would be a nightmare. Given you say your SHBG is elevated means that your T, and your E is bound up all the same.