I'm 24 And I Have Low T. I've Tried Everything. Can You Help Me?
Iâ€™ve been struggling with this for a while and I canâ€™t deny it anymore. The amount of efforts Iâ€™m making trying to be healthy, vs how I look, is ruining me.
I did a full blood panel in July 2016 and the results came up as follow:
Total T 508 ng/dl
DHEA-S 14.8 umol/L (7.6-17.4)
Estradiol 84 pmol/L (ref 36-220)
SHBG 50 nmol/L (ref 20-68)
Everything seemed within range so I was ok with it. Since then Iâ€™ve continued reading on health and nutrition as usual, and most recently stumbled upon the Podcast Dave did with John Romaniello. I thought it was odd how they were saying the T levels of a young adult should easily exceed 1000 ng/dl. I kept researching, and basically learnt that my levels arenâ€™t at all normal for a 24 year old, especially not one whoâ€™s healthy as can be.
Iâ€™ve been going to the gym consistently for close to 4 years. I deadlift, squat, bench.. I give it everything I have. I had initially approached the gym in 2013 from reading The Four-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss and applying everything in there, including the *Occam's Protocol*. It made me gain a lot of fat and very little muscle. I then tried other ideas and eventually settled on simply doing compound movements. I donâ€™t look like someoneâ€™s whoâ€™s been going to the gym. I have very little muscle mass and too much fat for how much care Iâ€™m spending trying to be lean. Iâ€™m basically a typical skinny-fat guy, except no amount of working out and gaining mass makes a difference. Iâ€™ll gain little amounts of muscle, lots of fat, and when I cut Iâ€™ll lose all the muscle, and some fat. I was ~160lbs at 5â€™11 early this year, and eventually dropped down as low as 135lbs most recently due to constantly beating myself up over not being in decent shape after working out consistently for so long. Iâ€™ve lost a lot of muscle mass and strength and still have too much fat considering my weight.
Iâ€™ve been eating a Paleo/Bulletproof diet for a little over 3 years. I donâ€™t shy away from protein, cholesterol and fats. I eat broccoli which contains I3C. Just so weâ€™re clear, Iâ€™m no newbie at nutrition. Iâ€™ve learnt a lot and I know how to maximize T levels, at least.. from litterature.
I take cold showers.
I practice intermittent fasting.
I supplement vit D and had levels of 126 nmol/L at the same time I got my T levels checked.
My zinc and magnesium levels are in check.
I eat brazil nuts.
I sleep enough, dare I say too much. Definitely never below 8 hours, more often 10-11 hours a night. I have low energy and tend to be depressed.
I make sure to walk everyday.
I practice yoga.
I practice semen retention. I abstain from porn and fapping.
Iâ€™ve taken different supplements over the years including creatine, longjack, ALA, Cissus Quadrangularis, L-Glutamine, Yohimbine, Alpha-GPC, Phenylpiracetam, Calcium D Glucarate.
Iâ€™d like to believe Iâ€™m not restricted to low T through genetics, and I do have my complete DNA results at disposition if needed. My sulfur methylation pathways are fucked. Iâ€™d like to believe Iâ€™m doing enough that my T levels should at the very least be a little bit higher, enough so that I can maintain a decent quality of live and be in decent shape.
Of interest is that Iâ€™ve gone through a treatment of Accutane when I was 19yo. It hasnâ€™t been without its sides and Iâ€™m still battling this toxic compound everyday. I could go on and on about Accutane, but the gist of it is that I feel that it is the cause for my low T, and all my attempts to *detoxify* from it seem pointless. Iâ€™ve begun posting on another forum regarding my experience over here, if you care to check; http://www.acne.org/messageboard/profile/540409-%7B%3F%7D/content/
Iâ€™ve decided to try Calcium D Glucarate again in early sept 2016 due to it supposedly helping to clear retinoids. Iâ€™ve gone through about ~60g since, sometimes dosing 3g all at one, but usually dosing 1g three times a day. Iâ€™ve had some acne back since, and I think I feel better, but my body composition, my progress at the gym, hasnâ€™t improved.
Does anybody here know what the problem might be? Am I insane? If my low T is indeed caused by Accutane, and assuming it is even possible to detoxify from it, is my T production destroyed for good? Should I consider TRT?
Iâ€™m at the end of my rope. Iâ€™ve been trying so hard to build myself and my health into something for the past 4 years, and itâ€™s all leading no where Iâ€™m afraid.