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Hormone test results

I am a 25 year old male about 100 pounds overweight not really active and have a sedentary job. I have been having many symptoms of low testosterone including ed and gynecomastia. I recently took a hormone test and the results were:

Dhea(NL)                          458ng/DL           Ref range142-1410
Testosterone, total (DSL)   346Ng/DL          Ref range  190-1037
Estradiol (DSL)                  32 PG/ML         None given
Cortisol                             14.8 Ug/DL        None given

The doctor told me the numbers were in normal range and it is not a problem. I know that my testosterone is low for my age. I plan on losing excess weight and see what happens from there. I know losing weight will lower my estradiol and raise my testosterone, but how much of a difference will it make? I would be willing to try TRT but I am scared of infertility.
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Good Question, anybody know how much testosterone can increase due to weight loss?
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Your testosterone is apparently in the normal range. How do you know that this is low for your age?

Also, losing weight only benefits can bring to you if you have it in excess. So, you mean here that you have 100 pounds more than normal for your age and height? That sounds to be a lot, especially combined with a sedentary job. Regardless of testosterone considerations, losing weight is a no-brainer in your case.
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I forgot to say that if you decide to go on and start a weight reduction program, better start as soon as possible since as your age advances the metabolism changes and weight loss can become a challenge.
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I'm 6'1" 280 pounds from what I have read on the web for my height I should weigh around 180 pounds. I understand that I am overweight, but I am naturally big I have a big frame my shoe size is 13 and I have very broad shoulders. I know my testosterone is low because the reference range is the same for say a 60 year old and what is right for him wouldn't be the same for say me at 25 years old. I think the age range is from 8 years old to like 70 years old. Being that I am only 25 years old I should be in the upper third level of 190-1037 so probably around 700 or 800. Low testosterone has lots of effects like fatigue and weight gain. It can also make it harder to lose weight. So my metabolism may not be the most important thing right now.
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I speak from personal experience: loosing weight does increase your testosterone, albeit only temporarily. I strongly recommend diet additionally to hormonal replacement.
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How much did it increase and what do you mean by temporary. Did you rule out all other causes pituatary, testes, and hypothalamus. Does hormonal replacement effect fertility or have bad side effects?
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> Does hormonal replacement effect fertility or have bad side effects?

If you mean testosterone supplements, then never take them alone. It is believed that artificially raising the testosterone levels (by taking supplements) can trigger some prostate problems, even prostate cancer. The mechanisms are not clear but for the case of cancer, it is said that suddenly higher testosterone, at levels the orgasnism is not accustomed to, can awaken dormant cancerous cells that otherwise could remain inactive and harmless.

So, testosterone therapy is of course possible but it means that you have to put yourself under regular medical control.
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Two are the major side effects: infertility and a slightly elevated risk of prostate cancer, which should be blood tested every year.
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