Why Test Hormones
I’ve made a few references in some of my other posts about keeping track of one’s hormones - so, because of some exercise/dieting/weight loss frustrations and concerns I have had recently, I decided it was time to take my own advice and update my own hormone profiles - and, I’m darned glad I did.
Here’s what both saliva and blood tests showed:
1) Low, Free Testosterone (Gulp!!!)
2) High Normal circulating total testosterone (WTF?!)
3) Very High SHBG (Uh-oh, bummer!)
4) Low Normal Thyroid T3 Fraction
5) Low Normal Thyroid T4 Fraction
6) High Normal TSH
7) Normal Estradiol
8) Low Progesterone (Uh-oh)
9) Low Normal DHEAs (OK, but not great)
10) High Normal Fasting Insulin (Danger Will Robinson, DANGER!)
11) Low Waking Cortisol (Great!)
12) Very High Noon Cortisol (WTF?!)
13) High Late Afternoon Cortisol (Again, WTF?!)
14) Moderately High Late Evening Cortisol (WTF!!?)
15) Normal PSA (Thank You - kisss, kiss, grovel, kiss)
So, what’s going on here? I’m not in a particularly stressful job being my own boss and all so why the high Cortisol during the day and into the evening?
Also, I’ve got enough Testosterone whirling around in my bloodstream to tear branches off of large trees with my bare hands but most of it is chemically bound up with sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) - why, dang it - why???!!!
And, my thyroid seems depressed and my fasting insulin is moderately elevated even if it is in the normal range - so what’s upsetting my adrenal cortex and endocrine axis?
Simple Stupid . . . COFFEE - rather, the caffiene in the coffee. Over the past few months I’ve slid into the bad habit of drinking too much coffee here at the office. I get into what I’m doing so much that I’ve lost track and I’m really paying for it - so yesterday I’m off coffee - period. Yeah, I know, wean yourself off easily but I was so PO’d at these test results after doing my research and identifying the major culprit I just quit. Got one SOB of a headache, too, but drinking a lot of water laced with vitamin C powder put a stop to that.
The major embarassment here is that I know coffee ain’t good for a lot of things but I thought because of decent diet, exercise, and supplements I could bend the rules - no way! I knew better and am/have been paying for it.
PE’rs beware - excess caffiene can screw with your hormonal balance big time.
There are other secondary issues I am looking into about making some subtle adjustments to try and rebalance things. While I was/am not dangerously out of whack, there are some things I can do once I am over caffiene withdrawal that concern rebalancing hormone ratios. For example, even though estradiol was in the mid-range normal, both of the ratios of progesterone (P/E) and Testosterone (T/E) are way off the mark. Cutting caffiene out will help but may not do the entire job. Transdermal supplementing DHEAs and Progesterone will help a lot.
So, stay tuned if you are interested. In about 6 months I will run some more tests to check on how things are working and make adjustments accordingly.
Bottom Line - you can take all the supplements and Testosterone precursors you want but they may not necessarily compensate for the effects of aromatase enzyme (converts T->E), dietary no-no’s (like excess caffiene), or false estrogens in your food, air, and water from screwing with your hormonal system. That’s why testing is important. JMHO
All the Best,