Its been a while since I updated this blog. I’ve just been so busy with other stuff that I haven’t had a chance to update it. But I guess it doesn’t really matter, since this is only a fun side-project, so its all good. But still, its nice to have an update or two at least every now-and-then. The good news is, the time has finally come for an update!
This time around, I’m going to be updating an existing series. That series is none other than “The TRT Diaries”. I haven’t updated this series in what seems like years (I think the last update might have been 2-3 years ago), and that’s because I haven’t had any major updates…until now. Shortly after my 1st year on TRT, things went pretty quiet. Everything settled down and so everything became pretty boring. There was really no point in updating the series if there wasn’t anything particularly new. That would’ve made me sound boring and repetitive.
For the past year, there has been something that’s been on the back of my mind. This is something that I’ve kept an eye on ever since I started my 2nd year on TRT. That something is my body hair – mainly in my face and lower abdomen. The thing that’s been bugging me about that is how slow and erratic it seems to be growing (keep in mind that I’m almost 4 years on TRT). There are some areas that have long, thick strands. Most of them, however, have thin and short strands. I’m thinking that it might be time to increase my dose.
In late February, I visited my doctor and discussed it with him, in order to get a 2nd opinion. I told him about what I was experiencing and asked him whether this is normal (like if it’s a genetic thing or something) or whether I need a higher dose. I even went without shaving since around late last year, in order to show him what I was talking about. He determined that its very much possible that I might need to increase my dose and ordered a blood panel, in order to see whether or not its appropriate and help make a diagnosis.
I’ll be seeing him again in late June. I just got my blood drawn earlier today and will be getting my results when I see him on the 27th. We’re going to be checking my:
- Liver enzymes (in order to see if my liver is in good shape; this is important to know before increasing one’s TRT dose)
- Kidneys (to see if they’re all good)
- Total Testosterone (obviously)
- DHT (this is what drives body hair growth)
- E2 (Estradiol; very important to keep a close eye on that as well)
- LH (in order to determine whether or not my testes have seized production…if they haven’t then that means I might need to increase my dose)
- FSH (the fertility marker; this one’s not that important, I’m just curious to know where my fertility stands; this can also help determine testicular function)
- Free Testosterone (this is to see if there’s enough Testosterone for my body to use)
- SHBG (this can affect Testosterone production)
- Vitamin D (this plays an important role in Testosterone production, plus I’ve never checked my levels before and I’m curious to see where I stand; this is something a lot of people overlook)
My T levels as they stand right now (from early last year) are about 662 (or 672). I actually registered around 300, before I made the full switch to a Primal diet and lifestyle, after 1 1/2 years on TRT (this was back in early 2016). They went up to around 600 after I fully adopted a Primal diet & lifestyle (and this happened only after about 3 months Primal). Make sure you clean up your diet & get your lifestyle in order before increasing your dose, since environmental factors play a very profound role in T production. I’ve been a year fully Primal and I’ve posted some of my best (if not my best) results.
I’m hoping that increasing my dose will also help me get rid of the fat around my breasts (which was caused by gynecomastia – a common complication of 17B-HSD Type 3 Deficiency). I can deal with the puffy nipples (they’re easier to conceal), but not the fat. The fat is annoying as fuck, makes my chest look ugly, and its harder to hide. I have to wear a compression shirt specifically made for this condition in order to properly conceal my gyno (I’m actually wearing one right now and been doing so for the past year).
I’ll be back at either the end of the month or in early July (most likely the end of the month) with the results of my blood panel. In the meantime, I’m going to try to get you all up to speed on stuff that’s been happening around here as of late. Trust me, there’s a lot that’s gone down since I last posted and there’s a lot more to come!
P.S. I’m now on Steemit. I update it on a regular basis (although I’m still trying to get into the habit), so go here and check it out!