Thyroid and several other issues need advice

jger242

New Member
I have several different problems. Any assistance is appreciated.

1. Low average daily body temp (97.1 average daily temp) occassionally rises to 98.0 - 98.5 after training.
2. Inability to lose weight. I have tried several different plans: increased activity (cardio, etc) reduced calories, carbs increased protein, etc.

I take the following:

a) 80 mg test cypionate once per week
b) 500 iu HCG 2 times per week (3 days prior to and 1 day prior to my wkly Testosterone injection)
c) 30 - 35 mg hydrocortisone per day (5 mg xtra on weight training days) this caused an additional 12 lbs of weight gain in 5 weeks.
d) 1500 mg metformin per day
e) 1/2 mg anastrozole 2 times per week. Thinking about reducing it to 1/2 mg per week.
f) Cynomel 25 mcg per day (worked up to 62.5 mcg per day but T3 seemed to be pooling and causing increased
heart pounding and anxiety, both reduced after that dose was lowered)
g) Therapeutic phlebotomy once per month usually between 7-10th of the month. (1 pint whole blood)
(my ferritin is low, under range, so I will wait a few weeks to have phlebotomy.
Iron, serum 66 (40 - 155)
Iron saturation 18 (15 - 55)
Feritin, Serum 19 LOW (30 - 400)

h) additional vitamins & minerals

I train (weights) 3 times per week and do cardio, 20 minutes 2 times per day 4 days per week.

I injured my back (2006) and could not work out for about 1 1/2 years. Maintained stable weight until 2011.
Gained 35 lbs in 1 ½ yrs. (2011-2013) Also 12 lbs of weight gain in 5 weeks after started hydrocortisone (Sept. 2013).
From 2005 until 2011 went through several extensive stressful events.

In the last 3 months everything has stabilized except body temperature and ability to lose weight. Maybe one is blocking the other?

My mood, personality and desires are almost back to pre-stress levels.

Any ideas on how to fix the body temp (without overstressing the adrenals) and weight loss problems?

With those corrected I would be good to go or 100%.

thanks,

Jger242 (Jim)

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2013 Pre-TRT Symptoms: (most were corrected or improved by TRT/adex, HCG)

I feel fatigued & sluggish both reduced 50% after 4th week of TRT
Unexplained Weight gain (35 lbs in 1 ½ yrs) * No reduction in activity or increase in calories
Water retention (veins no longer visible)
Unable to loose weight with exercise and 35% calorie decrease
Hands and feet feel cold all the time
Low body temp (97.1 average daily temp) occassionally rises to 98.0-98.5 after training
highest P.M. temp has been 98.5 after workouts.
Heart palpitations & pounding at-rest heartbeat at times
loss of sex drive & additional related symptoms (many reduced after TRT)
Mild Depression & Anxiety (increased irritability / impatient / moody)
Hair loss - scalp
Infections and cuts take longer to heal
Eyes always dry
Ringing in ears
Infections and cuts take much longer to heal
hot flashes * Night sweats * both reduced 70% after 3rd week of TRT
loss of outer 3rd part of eyebrow hair and remaining eb hair is thinner (beginning to grow back in)
lost overall motivation-desire (food, sex, workout, work, friends, etc)
After workout takes 2-3 days to recover * I feel overly drained for days
instead of prev. a little drained for a few hours
* this was corrected after I began hydrocortisone (30 mg per day)
I still need 2-3 days between strenous workouts.


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Here are my latest lab results:
Blood drawn fasting at 8:30 a.m. - 6 days after my weekly Testosterone cypionate Injection (80 mg)
March 29, 2014

LabCorp

Test Name / Result / Flag / Reference Range

CBC With Differential / Platelet
WBC 6.7 (4.0-10.5 x10E3/uL)
RBC 6.02 HIGH (4.14-5.80 x10E6/uL )
Hemoglobin 16.0 (12.6-17.7 g/dL )
Hematocrit 50.0 (37.5-51.0 % )
MCV 83 (79-97 fL )
MCH 26.6 ( 26.6-33.0 pg)
MCHC 32.0 (31.5-35.7 g/dL )
RDW 14.2 (12.3-15.4 % )
Platelets 199 (140-415 x10E3/uL )
Neutrophils 51 (40-74 % )
Lymphs 29 (14-46 % )
Monocytes 8 ( 4-13 % )
Eos 2 (0-7 % )
Basos 0 (0-3 % )
Neutrophils (Absolute) 4.1 (1.8-7.8 x10E3/uL )
Lymphs (Absolute) 1.9 ( 0.7-4.5 x10E3/uL )
Monocytes(Absolute) 0.5 (0.1-1.0 x10E3/uL )
Eos (Absolute) 0.2 (0.0-0.4 x10E3/uL )
Baso (Absolute) 0.0 (0.0-0.2 x10E3/uL )
Immature Granulocytes 0 (0-2 % )
Immature Grans (Abs) 0.0 ( .0 0.0-0.1 x10E3/uL )

Comp. Metabolic Panel (14)
Glucose, Serum 88 (65-99 mg/dL )
BUN 15 (6-24 mg/dL )
Creatinine, Serum 1.27 (0.76-1.27 mg/dL )
eGFR If NonAfricn Am 65 (>59 mL/min/1.73 )
eGFR If Africn Am 75 ( >59 mL/min/1.73 )
BUN/Creatinine Ratio 12 (9-20 )
Sodium, Serum 142 (134-144 mmol/L )
Potassium, Serum 4.1 (3.5-5.2 mmol/L )
Chloride, Serum 105 (97-108 mmol/L )
Carbon Dioxide, Total 24 (19-28 mmol/L )
Calcium, Serum 9.2 0 (8.7-10.2 mg/dL )
Protein, Total, Serum 6.9 (6.0-8.5 g/dL )
Albumin, Serum 4.4 (3.5-5.5 g/dL )
Globulin, Total 2.5 (1.5-4.5 g/dL )
A/G Ratio 1.8 (1.1-2.5 )
Bilirubin, Total 0.4 (0.0-1.2 mg/dL )
Alkaline Phosphatase, S 98 (44-102 IU/L )

AST (SGOT) 31 ( 0-40 IU/L )
ALT (SGPT) 31 ( 0-44 IU/L )
Lipid panel
Cholesterol, total 116 ( 100 - 199 )
Triglycerides 148 ( 0 - 149 )
HDL Cholesterol 27 LOW ( >39 )
VLDL Cholesterol Cal 30 ( 5 - 40 )
LDL Cholesterol Calc 59 ( 0 - 99 )

Vitamin B12 922 ( 211 - 946 )
Testosterone, Serum 546 ( 348-1197 ng/dL )
(this test was 6 days after injection, 4 days after T level is usually 900's)
Testosterone, Free, Direct 10.2 (7.2 - 24)

Estradiol Rothe ECLIA methodology 18.6 (7.6 - 42.6)
Proastate Specific Ag, Serum 0.8 (0.0 - 4.0)

DHEA-Sulfate 198.3 ( 71.6 - 375 )
TSH 0.049 Low ( 0.45 - 4.50 )

Thyroxine (T4) Free 0.48 Low ( 0.82 - 1.77 )
Triiodothyronine (T3) 228 High ( 71 - 180 )

Iron and TIBC
Iron Bind. cap. (TIBC) 377 (250 - 450 )
UIBC 311 (150 - 375)
Iron, serum 66 (40 - 155)
Iron saturation 18 (15 - 55)
Feritin, Serum 19 LOW (30 - 400)

They were supposed to have checked for free T3 but instead checked serum T3.
They will not check for reverse T3.
I will have SHBG and prolactin independently tested in a few weeks.

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Prior labs


November 14, 2013 Blood Work (FASTING)
LabCorp

Test Name / Result / Flag / Reference Range

Comp. Metabolic Panel (14)
Glucose, Serum 82 (65-99 mg/dL )
BUN 18 (6-24 mg/dL )
Creatinine, Serum 1.16 (0.76-1.27 mg/dL )
eGFR If NonAfricn Am 73 (>59 mL/min/1.73 )
eGFR If Africn Am 84 ( >59 mL/min/1.73 )
BUN/Creatinine Ratio 16 (9-20 )
Sodium, Serum 146 HIGH (134-144 mmol/L )
Potassium, Serum 4.7 (3.5-5.2 mmol/L )
Chloride, Serum 107 (97-108 mmol/L )
Carbon Dioxide, Total 20 (19-28 mmol/L )
Calcium, Serum 9.2 (8.7-10.2 mg/dL )
Protein, Total, Serum 6.7 (6.0-8.5 g/dL )
Albumin, Serum 4.2 (3.5-5.5 g/dL )
Globulin, Total 2.5 (1.5-4.5 g/dL )
A/G Ratio 1.7 (1.1-2.5 )
Bilirubin, Total 0.5 (0.0-1.2 mg/dL )
Alkaline Phosphatase, S 88 (44-102 IU/L )

AST (SGOT) 37 ( 0-40 IU/L )
ALT (SGPT) 39 ( 0-44 IU/L )

Lipid panel
Cholesterol, total 121 ( 100 - 199 )
Triglycerides 139 ( 0 - 149 )
HDL Cholesterol 30 LOW ( >39 )
VLDL Cholesterol Cal 31 ( 5 - 40 )
LDL Cholesterol Calc 57 ( 0 - 99 )
Hemoglobin A1c 5.5 ( 4.8 - 5.6 )
Vitamin B12 939 ( 211 - 946 )

(6 days after 2nd phlebotomy / 12 days after Tcyp Inj.)
Testosterone, Serum 470 ( 348-1197 ng/dL )
Testosterone, Free, Direct 7.9 (7.2 - 24)
DHEA-Sulfate 187.3 ( 71.6 - 375 )
TSH 0.047 Low ( 0.45 - 4.50 )

Thyroxine (T4) Free 0.45 Low ( 0.82 - 1.77 )
Triiodothyronine (T3) 236 High ( 71 - 180 )

RBC 5.84 HIGH 4.14 - 5.80 range
Hemoglobin 16.9 12.6 - 17.7
Hematocrit 51.0 37.5 - 51.0
(6 days after 2nd phlebotomy / 12 days after wkly 80 mg Tcyp Inj.)

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July 15 * Blood Work:

T-test, Estradiol, FSH, LH, CMP, CBC
*Blood drawn 24 hrs after Tcyp injection / reason for misc. high results


LabCorp (was not done fasting.............)

Test Name / Result / Flag / Reference Range
CBC With Differential / Platelet
WBC 9.2 / 4.0-10.5 x10E3/uL
RBC 6.69 HIGH / 4.14-5.80 x10E6/uL
Hemoglobin 19.4 HIGH / 12.6-17.7 g/dL
Hematocrit 59.4 HIGH / 37.5-51.0 %
MCV 89 / 79-97 fL
MCH 29.0 / 26.6-33.0 pg
MCHC 32.7 / 31.5-35.7 g/dL
RDW 13.8 / 12.3-15.4 %
Platelets 168 / 140-415 x10E3/uL
Neutrophils 59 / 40-74 %
Lymphs 31 / 14-46 %
Monocytes 8 / 4-13 %
Eos 2 / 0-7 %
Basos 0 / 0-3 %
Neutrophils (Absolute) 5.4 / 1.8-7.8 x10E3/uL
Lymphs (Absolute) 2.9 / 0.7-4.5 x10E3/uL
Monocytes(Absolute) 0.7 / 0.1-1.0 x10E3/uL
Eos (Absolute) 0.2 / 0.0-0.4 x10E3/uL
Baso (Absolute) 0.0 / 0.0-0.2 x10E3/uL
Immature Granulocytes 0 / 0-2 %
Immature Grans (Abs) 0 / .0 0.0-0.1 x10E3/uL

Comp. Metabolic Panel (14)
Glucose, Serum 98 / 65-99 mg/dL
BUN 10 / 6-24 mg/dL
Creatinine, Serum 1.16 / 0.76-1.27 mg/dL
eGFR If NonAfricn Am 73 / >59 mL/min/1.73
eGFR If Africn Am 84 / >59 mL/min/1.73
BUN/Creatinine Ratio 9 / 9-20
Sodium, Serum 143 / 134-144 mmol/L
Potassium, Serum 4.2 / 3.5-5.2 mmol/L
Chloride, Serum 103 / 97-108 mmol/L
Carbon Dioxide, Total 25 / 19-28 mmol/L
Calcium, Serum 9.3 / 8.7-10.2 mg/dL
Protein, Total, Serum 6.7 / 6.0-8.5 g/dL
Albumin, Serum 4.2 / 3.5-5.5 g/dL
Globulin, Total 2.5 / 1.5-4.5 g/dL
A/G Ratio 1.7 / 1.1-2.5
Bilirubin, Total 0.4 / 0.0-1.2 mg/dL
Alkaline Phosphatase, S 86 / 44-102 IU/L

**Please note reference interval change**
AST (SGOT) 46 HIGH / 0-40 IU/L
ALT (SGPT) 47 HIGH / 0-44 IU/L

Testosterone, Serum
Testosterone, Serum 1501 HIGH 348 - 1197 ng/dL
* Blood drawn 24 hrs after Tcyp injection / reason for high result
Results confirmed on dilution.

Luteinizing Hormone(LH), S
LH <0.2 LOW / 1.7-8.6 mIU/mL

FSH, Serum
FSH <0.2 LOW / 1.5-12.4 mIU/mL

Estradiol
Estradiol 159.8 HIGH / 7.6 - 42.6 pg/mL
* Blood drawn 24 hrs after Tcyp injection / reason for xtra high result
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September 4, 2013 Blood Work (fasting)

RBC 6.76 HIGH 4.14 - 5.80 range
Hemoglobin 19.4 HIGH 12.6 - 17.7
Hematocrit 58.2 HIGH 37.5 - 51.0
D 25-hydroxy 38.3 30-100
TSH 4.930 high 0.450 - 4.50
estradiol 14.3 76 - 42.6
Testosterone 996 348 - 1197
DHEA-S 89 71.6 - 375.4
free t4 1.05 .82 - 1.77
serum t3 183 HIGH 71 - 180
cortisol 10.7 2.3 - 19.4

* these tests were done before start of T3 or hydrocortisone
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4 1/2 weeks after TRT initiated
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TEST Range

TS 3.990 0.450-4.500
Thyroxine (T4) Free, direct S 0.94 0.82-1.77
Triiodothyronine (T3) 134 71-180
Testosterone serum 918 348-1197
Prostate-specific Ag serum 0.6 0.0-4.0
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labs done 5 weeks prior to TRT (March 2013)

test labcorp range
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glucose, serum 94 65-99
BUN 20 6-24
Creatine, serum .79 .76-127
eGFR 105 >59
BUN / creatine ratio 25 HIGH 9-20
sodium serum 144 134-144
Potassium 3.9 3.5-5.2
Chloride serum 102 97-108
Carbon Dioxide total 23 20-32
Calcium serum 9.5 8.7-10.2
Protein total serum 6.9 6.0-8.5
Album serum 4.4 3.5-5.5
Globulin total 2.5 1.5-4.5
A/G ratio 1.8 1.1-2.5
Bilirubin total 0.3 0.0-1.2
Alkaline Phosphates, S 98 25-150
AST (SGOT) 31 0-40
ALT (SGPT) 43 0-44
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test labcorp range
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TSH 3.990 0.450-4.500
Thyroxine (T4) Free, direct S 0.94 0.82-1.77
Triiodothyronine (T3) 134 71-180
Testosterone serum 176 LOW 348-1197
LH 4.7 1.7-8.6
FSH 2.3 1.5-12.4
Prostate-specific Ag serum 0.6 0.0-4.0
DHEA Sulfate 92.4 44.3-331.0
WBC 8.3 4.0-10.5
RBC 5.19 4.14-5.80
Hemoglobin 15.7 12.6-17.7
Hemocrit 46.6 37.5-51.0
MCV 90 79-97
MCH 30.3 26.6-33.0
MCHC 33.7 31.5-35.7
RDW 13.4 12.3-15.4
Platelets 219 140-415
Neutrophils 57 40-74
Lymphs 35 14-46
Monocytes 6 4-13
Eos 2 0-7
Basos 0 0-3
Neutrophils (absolute) 4.7 1.8-7.8
Lymphs (absolute) 2.9 0.7-4.5
monocytes (absolute) 0.5 0.1-1.0
Eos (absolute) 0.2 0.0-0.4
Basos (absolute) 0.0 0.0-0.2
Immature Granulocytes 0 0-2
Immature Grans (Abs) 0.0 0.0-0.1
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HarryCat

Member
Have you ever done a diurnal 4x cortisol saliva test? Might be worth finding out the status of your adrenals.

Have you ever tried NDT (Armour) instead of 100% T3? There are tissues in the body that are optimized to want some T4, such as the brain.
 

jger242

New Member
Thanks HarryCat.

I was going to switch to NDT after I stopped pooling T3. I think high or low cortisol or iron causes that.

I did not do the 4x cortisol test due to cost.

Based on my symptoms and cortisol blood tests I began hydrocortisone.

It corrected many problems. ( not sleeping through the night, always feeling on edge, exercise intolerence, etc.)
 

Vettester Chris

Super Moderator
jger, definitely a lot of information. Glad you posted it, but I'll just grab a few parts and hopefully others will have questions and comments as well.

Can you explain the need for a monthly therapeutic phlebotomy? That will obviously contribute to lowing your iron and ferritin levels. Additionally, that will factor in your thyroid productivity. Have you looked into any elemental iron supplements?

Yes, you are correct, it's a good assumption that your T3 is pooling. Being that your temperature is on the 'low' end, but stable for the most part (a little higher after workouts), would by symptomatic of hypothyroidism. If T3 isn't getting to the cells, then this sort of stuff happens. I would back off the T3 medication for the time being. How often to you take your HC meds? Do you mimic the body's natural pattern of higher levels in the AM, tapering in a circadian pattern of the course of the day? Do you have any magnesium and vitamin D3 labs?

Additionally, when all the dust settles and everything is on the 'normal' track, I would suggest looking deeper into a NDT medication, which will provide T4, T3, T2 & T1. Many benefits IMO with going this route, I suggest reviewing it a little further. Did your physician run any antibodies (TPO and/or TgAb)?
 

jger242

New Member
Thanks Vettester Chris for the response.

Sorry for the info overload.

M.D. ordered phlebotomies due to TRT increasing hct to average 54-57% and hgb 19-21 after 4th mth of trt. He also reduced
my Tcyp dose to 50 mg/wk. I do 80 mg per wk now.

I thought that iron, hgb, hct and ferritin all were linked. If one was high all were high. I've found that is not true.

The order said phlebotomy every 4 wks until hgb is under 16. Obviously I will not have another until I get my ferritin and iron levels up.
And then I will continue to supplement with iron.

I take the HC meds 4 times per day. 7 a.m. -10 mg / noon - 10 mg / 5 p.m.- 7.5 mg / 10 p.m. - 2.5 mg
T3 at the same times / 6.25 mcg per time

D3 lab is from Sept. 4, 2013, at the time I had been taking 5000 mg d3 softgel for about 10 weeks. Since the test I take 10000 per day.

D 25-hydroxy ... 38.3 ... (range 30-100)
I do not have magnesium labs. I do take 800 mg of Magnesium glycinate per day and 20 meq of rx potassium per day.

My physician will not run any antibodies (TPO and/or TgAb) M.D. and his N.P both say those tests are not necessary (which we know is not the case)
and refused to test Rt3. They order free t3 test but their staff always checks for serum t3 (4 times)

I know 25 mcg of cynomel per day is a low amount but I've tried to reduce it further and feel really tired and foggy when I do.
That is why I stayed at that dose after reducing down from 62.5 mcg per day.

I was considering Nature throid NDT in 4-6 months. Which do you think is best?

thanks,

Jim
 

jger242

New Member
Also, before each phlebotomy they do a hgb blood test. I thought as long as it was over 16 my iron, ferritin, etc were o.k.
 

Vettester Chris

Super Moderator
Jim, OK, thanks for clarifying the doctor's protocol with your phlebotomy. IMPO, I think that's a bit extreme for your circumstance, but that's just my .02. Keep in mind, I am a carrier of hemochromatosis. Without donating blood, my levels will be at least 1,400. I can control this relatively easily with donating every 2 months, which will sustain ferritin at/around 200 and HCT around 49, iron serum at 120ish. Even in my case, I would be concerned with going too low on my values "if" I were doing this every month, and again, I'm dealing with a genetic mutation that puts my iron over the top, with or without TRT.

As I mentioned earlier, healthy iron & ferritin levels are needed to make T3 effective at the cellular level. It is also a contributing factor with deiodinase activity when T4 is converting downstream to T3, The good news is that your TIBC is adequate, so supplementing a good form of elemental iron would probably be welcome and retained by the body.

Frustrating that your doctor won't run antibodies. Does he presume you're immune from any autoimmune disease, like Hashis? On the RT3, I guess he presumes that your T3 is reaching the cells, no need to countercheck this? I can only speculate that he refuses because he does not understand how these numbers work in relation to each other, and also it appears he is not aware of how counterproductive the low iron subject is with thyroid productivity. I could get some things gathered from Dr. Bruce Rind that would enlighten this subject, but I don't know if your doc will freeze up with the idea of it.

Yes, NDT is the way to go IMO, but the transport variables like iron, cortisol, D3, B12, etc..., have to be somewhat in check. BTW, speaking of D3 ... Talk to your doctor about a script of Drisdol 50,000iu x 1 week.I couldn't get OTC D3 to get me above 35 for anything. Drisdol got me up in the 70's, and I inject 20,000iu x 2/wk, plus 5,000iu/day of tablets on 3 days that I don't inject. Might be worth something to explore. Back to NDT, Armour tends to be the route to go with many in the US, Erfa is more so in Canada and I even think the UK.

Got to run, will keep an eye on this with you ...
Chris
 

Neil Olson

New Member
Low Feritin is an issue that causes fatigue. Inability to lose weight could be thyroid or cortisol levels. Looks like your T4 is a little low. Maybe you are one of those people who only need to replace T4. If you can do the 24 hour saliva test do it. It will help regulate your cortisol. I would be interested to see your prolactin test. High prolactin could be an indicator of a pituitary tumor. That could explain your symptoms(don't want to scare you). Had your IGF-1 checked?
 

jger242

New Member
Thanks Chris. I will try to get the drisdol rx.

I'm feeling better since adding iron supplement to the mix.
I will try to get the labs you suggest from privatemdlabs in the next few weeks and post them.

Which do you think is best armour or nature throid ndt?
 

jger242

New Member
Yes Chris. I posted one here first and when I dodn't receive a response I shortened the information (should have reduced it further though) and posted in in the bloodwork section. It is probably best to merge them in the blood work section if you think that section will get more views / responses. Thanks...


Neil Olsen,,,, thanks.
I have T4 rx from my M.D. but was waiting to see if the t3 pooling would clear before adding it to the mix. After I raise my iron and ferritin levels I will add the t4.
Prolactin, SHBG, additional thyroid tests and IGF1 are the next tests I plan on having.
 

Vettester Chris

Super Moderator
Jim, yes, best bet is to make sure pooling isn't a factor before administering meds, or it will just complicate matters more. Simple Reverse T3 measured against Free T3 will tell the tale, as blood won't lie. Also, as this journey continues, do some research on the benefits of Natural Desiccated Thyroid in comparison to the Levothyroxines of the world. I'm obviously a proponent of the STTM group, but I encourage you to research both sides of it and ask questions.

Also, as you probably gathered, everything from that duplicate thread is now over here. Everything should be GTG :)
 

jger242

New Member
As far as weight v loss it appears I was too restrictive.

I had been at
1500 cal per day
50 gm carbs
140 gm protein

Increased to 2400 cal
250 gm protein
85 gm carbs

And stopped cardio except for 5 min hiit 1st thing a.m.
And 15 min reg walking late afternoon 5 days per wk and reduced workout to 55 min 2 times wk

I have lost 6 lbs and noticible bodyfst and fluid retention in the last 5 wks

Not enough but at least an improvement.

My ferritin was low at 19........30-300 ( labcorp range 30-300)

I will increase activity when ferrotin is back above 40.

Thanks for the input...

Jim
 

Nelson Vergel

Founder, ExcelMale.com
Jim

I am sure you have seen a lot of information about how to increase your ferritin levels. It takes a while and you have to be careful with iron supplements since over dosing can cause liver toxicity.

Here is some information I found:

Iron Rich Foods: It is always better to raise ferritin levels naturally. You can include iron rich foods in your regular diet. Both animal and plant sources of iron can be included in diet. Red meat is an excellent source of iron. Enjoy lean meat at least in one meal every day. Chicken liver, beef liver, pork, turkey, fish like halibut, tuna, trout, oysters, shrimp, crab, etc. are good sources of iron. Vegetables like spinach, broccoli and fruits like dates and figs help increase iron levels. Lentils, various types of beans, blackstrap molasses and nuts also contain a good amount of iron. Cornflakes, wheat germ, fortified food products, brown rice, buckwheat are some other good sources of iron. Remember, it may take months to raise ferritin levels. You need to follow a healthy diet sincerely.

Vitamin C: Not only iron rich foods but foods rich in vitamin C should be consumed in large amounts, if you want to increase ferritin levels. Vitamin C promotes iron absorption in the digestive tract. Oranges, grapefruit, berries, etc. can be included in the daily diet to enhance iron absorption.

Foods that Affect Iron Absorption: Excessive consumption of caffeine and alcohol can affect iron absorption in intestines. Even calcium interferes with iron absorption. You may take iron supplement four-six hours after taking calcium supplement or four-six hours after consumption of calcium rich foods like milk or other dairy products. Thus healthy and balanced diet plays an important role in maintaining normal ferritin levels. You need to take into consideration all these points if you want to raise ferritin levels in the body.
Read more at Buzzle: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/how-to-increase-ferritin-levels.html
 

jger242

New Member
Vettester Chris

I have the option to choose either nature throid or armour.

Which would you prefer?

I will have bloodwork done Aug. 5 to confirm but I think myiron / ferritin levels are back up due to my consistent energy levels.

Thanks...
 

Vettester Chris

Super Moderator
Jim, I take Armour. Never have tried Naturethroid, but I don't think you can go wrong with either NDT treatment. Keep in mind it's best to chew the tablets to effectively breakdown the cellulose.
 

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