Like probably almost all of you I found this site looking for information on Low T. I found out yesterday after visiting my doctor Friday.
A little history, Iím 36, overweight (275 lbs, 5í11Ē) have been for several years. A lot of this is due to not being active enough (I sit at a desk all day) and extremely poor eating habits that go all the way back to when I was a child as both my parents were severely overweight their entire adult life and did not instill good eating habits. However I was fit as a fiddle all through HS, graduated a 175 lbs, 4 sport a year athlete. However by the time I hit 21-22 years old my eating habits and lack of activity had started to catch up with me.
Anyway, the last 2-3 years Iíve realized I need to change, rarely eat fast food anymore, very little pop/soda/sports drinks. Working on more healthy snacking and cutting out sugars and the bad stuff. Also have tried to be more active, I started light cardio exercise 5-6 days a week back in December, and after the holidays by the end of January I had lost 10 lbs, I continued into March losing another 10 lbs putting me at the 275 lbs I am now. I was feeling good, had more energy. However, in late March, I started feeling really tired, severely exhausted all the time, dizziness, weakness in my legs, foggy head, headaches. Seeing as I am going to school with two classes a semester while working my wife and I attributed it to stress and or overworking myself. However more sleep and rest didnít help much, and it hasnít gotten better. To add to the pile, Iíve always been borderline hypoglycemic ( I think thatís the right one) where if I donít eat every 3 hours I get very grouchy and crappy feeling, which has gotten worse the last 2 months to the point of feeling downright horrible and nothing can quench my hungry feeling every couple of hours. Over these past few weeks Iíve went to a high protein diet in an attempt to help this, and it only helped marginally.
Finally going to the doctor on Friday and I didnít even know anything about low T, didnít know he was testing for it. They called yesterday and told me my T was 241 and that they want to put me on shots. Iím leery of doing shots, but based on what I read on this site yesterday and today, with as low as my T I need to go on the shot and have an appointment to do so tomorrow. Everything Iíve experienced the past few weeks fits with Low T and my guess is that itís been steadily declining for the past few years which is why a lot of my interests have faded, Iíve been on anti-depressants to help with anxiety and to help me sleep. I have sleep apnea and use a cpap nightly.
I have proven to myself that I can lose weight and get back into shape. Based on what Iíve read here I started on 800 IU of Vitamin D today. As I said Iím slated at the moment to get a T-shot tomorrow morning. However I am also intent on finding natural ways to try and boost my testosterone production to try to lessen or even remove my dependency on the shot. Iím hoping that if I the shot helps and I can get back on an exercise regimen again and continue to change my diet that maybe I can back off the shots in a few months completely. However Iím one day into my research, so maybe thatís just wishful thinking.
If anybody have any recommendations about the shots, how much vitamin D I should push and any general advice I welcome it and look forward to talking to you all more. Thanks.