Thx for writing.
So quick question: do you have any of the standard symptoms of low testosterone or are you just concerned cuzz you know the level is on the lowish side?
Yes, you really want to manage that inflammation. As I'm sure you know, CRP is a risk factor for heart disease and erectile dysfunction and many other medical conditions. There were a few research papers awhile back that characterized inflammation as "the root of all evil" and I absolutely agree with that. Inflammation is now know to be a root cause of the Big Three Killers: autoimmune disease, cancer and, as I mentioned, heart disease. If we got inflammation under control, we could get rid of three fourths of the hospitals in the U.S.
Anyway, here is a link about how to lower inflammation. I have many ideas in it and studies as well:http://www.peaktestosterone.com/Inflammation
Biggies are red tart cherry juice, fish oil, sleep and low glycemic foods.
Also, I have many links on the subject here for some basic background info:http://www.peaktestosterone.com/Hdr_Inflammation
Now one thing that many men (and doctors) do not know is that testosterone seems to have an inflammation-lowering effect. So your testosterone drifting downward is definitely not helping:http://www.peaktestosterone.com/testosterone_inflammation
I would definitely recommend staying away from the standard wheys. They are filled with excitotoxins because they are boiled and essentially turned into "MSG" in multigram dosages:http://www.peaktestosterone.com/Whey_Excitotoxins_Glutamic_Acidhttp://www.peaktestosterone.com/Testosterone_Monosodium_Glutamate_Excitoxins
If I have whey, I only consume undenatured whey which is not boiled and thus very low in these excitotoxins:http://www.peaktestosterone.com/Whey_Undenatured
So what's the big deal with excitotoxins? Well, read the links, but if you have enough of them they can potentially damage the hypothalamus, most of which is not behind the blood brain barrier. And, as you probably know, the hypothalamus signals the pituitary which in turn signal the pituitary which in turn signals the testes to make testosterone.
Thus, an injured hypothalamus from excitotoxins could mean secondary hypogonadism, which is what the great majority of men have by the way.
Let us know if you have any questions...
NOTE: Can you post the HDL issue on another thread?