Well a few others have their own I want one as well, LOL.
I'll try and sum it up as best I can - Now 27 years old, starting having all around health issues about 3 years ago. My general all around lifestyle which included to much drinking, smoking(everything) and eating bad food did me in.
I stumbled upon t-nation 3 years ago and everything started to change from there. Slowly lost weight and BF - Right now at 145 and 7 %BF, from 185 at over 20 %.
As I lost weight and ate better, started feeling better as well. Starting reading about endocrinology and got hooked from there. Im now an active member at alot of the boards.
First started supplementing with ZMA, and noticed right away it worked. Energy was up and I started sleeping better. I quit drinking and smoking. Then Fish Oil as well. Skin improved drastically and overall mood/memory concentration. Still, I knew somethings were off. Morning wood is non existent, libido improving but still a little down and my concentration/memory wasn't there. Got bloodwork in 11/06.
IGF-1 130 (126 - 382ng)
DHEA 520 (110 - 500)
T-4 FREE 1.5 (.8 - 1.8)
TSH 1.21 (.4 - 5.5)
ESTRADOIL...43 (10 - 50)
T3 FREE 321 (230 - 420)
TEST, TOTAL 490 (245 - 1836)
TEST FREE 18.9 (12 - 40)
As you can see, Free and TT weren't exactly were I wanted them, GH is way low and Estradoil is elevated.
I continued threw researching for hours upon hours, ever day 7 days a week. I was learning how diet and sleep patterns can affect T levels. I started implementing a very prehistoric type diet - Eating lots of vegetables/fruit and meats/nuts/oils. I was going threw bags of frozen veggies, eating lots of whey protein frozen fruit smoothies, and eating tons of eggs and red meat.
I also changed my sleep patterns, going to bed earlier and rising earlier. I started hearing about a couple compounds, one being resveratrol and another being natural, non synethetic Vitamin E from carlsons. Added those in the mix. Felt even better. Cardiovascular shape continued to increase, dramatically. I got into even better shape, diet was rolling along very nicely and energy has been way up all winter.
Retested in 4/07
TT - 731 (241 - 827)
FT - 23.9 (9.3 - 26.5)
Prolactin - 5.6 (2.1 - 17.1)
FSH - 3.6 (1.4 - 18.1)
LH - 3.8 (1.5 - 9.3)
As you can see, TT and Free T are way up. I didn't get E2 checked because I started heavily getting into estrogen metabolism, and the benefits of natural, plant based compounds that deal with excess estrogen. I became very intrigued on how these compounds are also very powerfull cancer fighting compounds as well. I also have been curious about other vitamins/compounds, in particular GLA, A, C, and selenium, as well as dermacrine.
I recently picked up DIM, TMG and Calcium D Glucarate. I start them on 5/7/07. I will be keeping a log here on effectiveness. I plan on getting new BW in August. I am hoping they get the job done.
I also plan on doing something about my horrendous GH levels as well. I am lucky enough to live close to Dr John. I plan on seeing him once I get estradoil in check.
Right now I take
FLAMEOUT - 2 CAPS ED - t-nation.com
ZMA - 3 caps ED - t-nation.com
Carlsons Salmon Oil/GLA - 1 cap ED - carlsonlabs.com
Carlsons Salmon Oil - 1 cap ED - carlsonslabs.com
Calcium D Glucarate - 1 cap ED - lef.com
DIM - 1 cap EOD - ultimatemedresearch.com
TMG - 1 cap EOD - lef.com
Carlsons ACES - 1 cap EOD - carlsonlabs.com
Resveratrol(REZV) 1 cap EOD - t-nation.com