I just got my Androcheck results back. I had the lab test my free Testosterone, DHEA, Cortisol, and Estradial levels. I had a feeling my testosterone levels might be sub-par, but they are actually very good. DHEA and Estradiol levels are just about exactly where I want them too.
My test results did turn up one surprise. My cortisol levels are very low. Anything less than 5.0 ng/ml free cortizol is considered deficient, with optimal levels being between 5.0-15.0 ng/ml. My reading was only 2.7 ng/ml.
I read a little about cortisol, and discovered that it is more common for people to suffer from elevated (greater than 15.0 ng/ml) cortisol levels than from low cortisol levels. Neither condition is good, however.
From the little I’ve read so far, it seems like the most common effect of low cortisol levels is fatigue, and that it’s been discovered that most people with Cronic Fatigue Syndrome are deficient in cortisol. My energy levels have been sub-par for a long time despite being otherwise healthy and in good shape, so perhaps I am onto something here.
Is anyone here an expert on cortisol, or know any natural methods of boosting cortisol production?