A couple months back I got my blood tested for the first time ever. For about a year I had been interested in doing just that. As I plan on sharing even more health related information with you in the coming months I figured giving you a “score card” so to speak would be a great way to start.
Feeling great and making progress in the gym is a great general marker of your health. But seeing black and white numbers can also be very useful. And I was pleased with the results. Here they are:
First off, I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you how I got this done. I paid for this out of pocket and it wasn’t too expensive. I went through the Life Extension Foundation. I highly suggest you become a member there. They have a great magazine, awesome supplements, and you can get your blood work done for just a couple hundred bucks. Get more info here.
I’d like to call your attention to a few things here. If you actually take the time to go through the numbers you’ll notice that every single one, except one Sex Hormone Binding Globulin, is found in the reference range.
I asked by fried Mike T Nelson over at Extreme Human Performance what his thoughts on SHBG were and this is what he said:
“I did a bit more research on SBHG levels and my current conclusion is that if everything is going well, I would NOT do much to try to lower them. Newer research shows they serve all sorts of functions related to health and performance than just a carrier and attempts to lower them (despite the popular beliefs) is probably not the best idea, esp when Test and free test levels are ok. Plus, any very aggressive attempts to lower them will probably completely screw something else up.”
So besides that one high number everything else falls in the reference ranges. Of course, I don’t just want to be in the average ranges. I want to be optimal. So I had to do some more research myself to find out any improvements I could make. There were several, like my white blood cells being a bit low at this time. My plan of action isn’t to take specific supplements to raise my testosterone even higher for instance, but to continue increasing my health through better living, nutrition and all the experimenting I’ve been doing (such as organs and even raw meat lately). I completely expect my health to increase over time, not decrease.
When I do this test again, maybe next year, we’ll see if I’ve gotten healthier or worse. I plan on doing the former.
Also I want to call attention to my Vitamin D levels. Here I am in the optimal ranges which is usually designated 70-100ng/ml. This is something I feel is important for everyone to take unless they know they’re getting enough sun. I try to go outside but to be honest spend way too much time indoors, on the computer. So to supplement the natural way to get Vitamin D I take 6000 IU’s of D3 each and every day. I highly recommend you do that too, possibly even more.
I’ll be talking a lot more soon on everything related to health. Now a couple questions for you:
Have you ever gotten your blood work done and what did you find? If not, do you plan to in the future? Post your answers in the comments below.
P.S. Want a place to start on the road to health? Then I highly recommend you check out my book 101 Simple Steps to Radiant Health to learn easy-to-do steps you can do today that’ll increase your health.