If you’re skinny-fat, overweight, over 30 years old or you have gynecomastia/puffy nipples/man boobs it’s imperative that you get a full hormonal check up done.
Most of my clients either have clinically low testosterone levels (male hormone of vitality) or hypothyroidism which is a poorly functioning thyroid.
The #1 sign of low testosterone levels is that you don’t wake up with an erection most days of the week.
The #1 sign of hypothyroidism is low body temperature, especially when it’s cold.
With that said, not all cases of low T and hypothyroidism have visible symptoms so it’s best to just get it checked now and make it a habit to make it a part of your yearly health check up.
I recommend that you initially check the following for low testosterone levels (hypogonadism):
- Total Testosterone
- Free Testosterone
And check the following for a poorly functioning thyroid (hypothyroidism):
- fT3 (thyroid)
- fT4 (thyroid)
- TSH: Thyroid Stimulating Hormone
Make sure to get a copy of your blood work and end your results back to me and I will analyse them for you.
Important info before doing blood work
- Avoid alcohol for 72 hours prior to testing.
- Avoid hard training 48 hours prior to testing.
- Get a good night of sleep.
- Eat as you normally do. (If you do the cortisol test on the same day, make sure you don’t eat or drink anything for 9 hours prior to the test).
- Take the tests early in the morning.
Make Sure To Get A Copy Of Your Blood Work!
When you get your results, make sure that you get a copy of the blood work so you can analyse it yourself and keep it for future reference.
NEVER take your doctor’s word when he or she says that “everything is in range”.
Being in range is not optimal.
You can have the testosterone levels of an old man and still be in range, but that’s not what we are aiming for.
We aim for optimal, peak performance.
Low Body Temperature Is A Sign of Hypothyroidism
Besides the blood work, I recommend checking your body temperature because low body temperature is a sign of Hypothyroidism (I’ve had 3 clients with undiagnosed hypothyroidism so far).
- Testing your body temperature: Get an oral “fever” thermometer. Do not test in your arm pit. Do not test soon after you have been talking, panting, drinking, eating, screwing, training etc. Check your temperature when you wake up, before you get out of bed. 97.3 F or lower is definitely a problem indicator. Ideal would be near 97.7 F and could be higher. (Source: KSMan)