Last month I went in for another blood test. The last time I did one was back in October and you can see my results here.
Not a whole lot has changed. Overall, I came back with:
- 31 Optimal Biomarkers
- 7 Needs Work Biomarkers
- 3 At Risk Biomarkers
Below I’ll share some of the highlights, particularly around hormones, since chances are you’re interested in those. First off, the good news!
My total testosterone is up from 782 ng/dL to 845 ng/dL!
As shown in blood work, 782 was my previous best, but now 845 is. And that’s not all.
Free Testosterone is up too. Here I’ve gone from 12.4 pg/mL to 13.8 pg/mL.
And I am doing this largely without our hormonal herbs like tongkat ali or pine pollen. I only use those sparingly, if at all. Why? Because those are stronger than I really need at my age. Instead I’m simply living a high testosterone lifestyle as I lay out in my book Upgrade Your Testosterone.
Now the bad news. My sex hormone binding globulin is still quite high, though it has seen some improvement since last time.
It is interesting that my brother Zane also has a high SHBG number, right around the same range. Perhaps we have something genetic going on. We’ll have to get Cloud, our other brother tested soon to verify this hypothesis.
I’ll be honest, I didn’t take as much nettle root as I said I would to help with this after the last test. But since we have our new Nettle Root Tincture that has been, I guarantee I’ll be working with that this time. I’ve already been taking it daily for a week or two now.
The other bad news is that my Vitamin D went from bad to worse.
Once again, I have stopped taking vitamin D supplements. Why? Because the Sun gives so much more than just vitamin D, so I’ve been trying to get lots more of that. The problem of course being that we just went through winter, and it has been raining a lot in California, so the sun is not always out to play.
The good news is that the sun is now out much more. And I even got a good amount of sunburn going while recently in the British Virgin Islands. You can read more about why that might be a GOOD thing in this massive article on the sun here.
And you know what? Next winter I probably will take some vitamin D supplements more regularly, or eat even more fish.
The other ‘at risk’ number is neutrophils, a type of white blood cell. My number came in at 1415 cells/µL. This is right below the optimal range of 1500 cells/µL, so I’m not worried about it. Based on the fact that I don’t get sick, I think perhaps its the reference range which should be changed.
That’s it. In another few months I’ll update you once again.
If you’re wondering what I use to do my blood testing, I use InsideTracker, a personalized health analytics company founded by leading scientists, physicians, nutritionists and exercise physiologists from MIT, Harvard and Tufts University. That is where these lovely charts and recommendations come from.