Labcorp Lowers Normal Testosterone Reference Range For Men

Labcorp, one of the world’s leading blood testing laboratories, has just announced that they are lowering the normal reference range for testosterone in men. What does this mean and how does it affect you?

I just discovered some really discouraging/worrying news. Labcorp (and likely most other labs) are lowering the normal reference range for testosterone in healthy men. This drop is about  from 348 – 1197ng/dl to 264 – 916ng/dl. This a a drop of almost 100 points at the lower end of the range.

What does this mean? In layman’s terms, this means that what is now considered “normal” for testosterone levels is lower than what it used to be.

This has greater implications for men who have testosterone levels at the lower end of the spectrum, as they may no longer qualify for testosterone replacement therapy.

For example, if your total testosterone blood test results came back at 300ng/dl before, you would likely qualify for a testosterone replacement therapy prescription, as 300ng/dl is lower than the 348ng/dl cutoff point.

However, with the new ranges, 300ng/dl does NOT fall below 264ng/dl, which according to the lab, now means that you are NOT deficient and should likely NOT qualify for TRT treatment.

Another way of looking at this is that before, you had to first have the testosterone levels of a 60-65 year old man to qualify for TRT. Which is low/bad enough already.

Now, your levels have to be as low as that of a 65-75 year old man to qualify for TRT, which is even worse. Just imagine a 25 year old male expected to live with the testosterone levels of a seventy year old man. ~That’s not living – that’s suffering.

The low end of the range was already questionable before at 348ng/dl, as many people still suffer with the symptom of low testosterone at that level. By lowering the range, we can be almost certain that men will now be refused testosterone replacement therapy and have to suffer with the symptoms of being androgyn-deficient / hypergonadal.

This is not good news for men.

For a full explanation, check out my video Labcorp Lowers Normal Testosterone Range For Men on YouTube.


References:
Labcorp Announcement About Testosterone Reference Range Changes:
https://www.labcorp.com/assets/11476

UK Guidelines For The Treatment Of Low Testosterone

In the UK, especially with the NHS, it can be extremely difficult to get treatment for low testosterone. Many GPs flat out refuse treatment.

Doctors in the UK can be shockingly clueless about many medical conditions in my experience. Sometimes you just have to do your own homework.

For example, I suffer from a skin condition called Rosacea. I stay up to date with all the latest developments in the treatment of this condition. On arrival in the UK, I heard about a new treatment that had been on the market for about a year. Feedback was positive and it sounded like the treatment would be much better than what I was currently using.

So I went to my GP, and asked him if he could prescribe it for me, so that I could see if it improved my condition.

He hadn’t even heard of it!

He then proceeded to look it up online, glanced over the medical literature, and turned to me and said “Hmmm, sounds good. Let’s give it a try.”

That story highlights the necessity for you to take control and ownership of your own health – because nobody else will, and even if they do, it might not be the best advice or solution.

Getting Treatment For Low Testosterone In The UK

In the UK, especially with the NHS, it can be extremely difficult to get treatment for low testosterone. Many GPs flat out refuse treatment, even when clear symptoms and signs are evident.

As testosterone replacement therapy has been around for quite some time now, many doctors still remain behind with the times and can be very ignorant on the subject.

Even if you have a valid case of low testosterone, many GPs will refuse treatment due to inexperience in this field.

To prevent getting stonewalled by your doctor, it always helps to be prepared. Learning as much as you can about a condition beforehand is essential.

This is your body, your health and your well-being. Therefore the responsibility lies with you, not the GP, to do everything you can to take care of it.

Get The UK Guidelines For Low Testosterone

For low testosterone, the levels you need to be at to qualify for testosterone replacement therapy are already very low (< 12 nmol/l or 350 ng/dl).

Even still, doctors may be hesitant or refuse treatment when your levels are at or below that level, for example 8-12 nmol/l.

Many of you, including myself, have learnt this from experience, as you’ve all probably seen now on my YouTube channel where we talk about this.

You need to come fully prepared. Luckily, there is a set of UK Guidelines which includes a section on low testosterone and treatment. See the image below.

To quote a viewer and friend from my YouTube Channel: “It’s amazing how quickly doctors change their mind when they are sent a copy of the UK guidelines!”

You can download the UK Guidelines on Low Testosterone here, or you can get them straight from the British Society For Sexual Medicine’s website. Simply click the link that says: “Management of sexual problems in men: the role of Androgens”.

This is not a guarantee that you will get treatment, but it certainly bolsters your case if you’re GP is being difficult.

Good luck! If this helped your case, please let us know by sending me a message or leaving a comment on my YouTube Channel.

Stay Strong!

10 Signs You May Have Low Testosterone

How do you tell if you may have low testosterone? Let’s take a look at the most common and accepted approach used by men and professionals today.

A Saint Louis University questionnaire was developed to help men screen for androgen deficiency (an androgen is a male sex hormone, like testosterone).

This questionnaire is known as the ADAM questionnaire (Androgen Deficiency in Aging Male).

It consists of 10 yes/no questions you can ask yourself. Here are the questions:

How many of these did you answer YES to?

1) Do you have decrease in libido/sex drive?
2) Do you lack energy?
3) Have you experienced a decrease in strength and/or endurance?
4) Have you lost height or do you feel shorter?
5) Have you noticed a decrease in your enjoyment of life?
6) Are you sad/grumpy?
7) Are your erections less strong?
8) Have you noticed a recent deterioration in your ability to play sports?
9) Are you falling asleep after dinner?
10) Has your work performance deteriorated recently?

These symptoms may be caused by many other conditions not related to Low T. Use these questions as a starting point and if you identify with many of these statements, go talk to your doctor about having a blood test to see if you have low testosterone or suffer from male hypogonadism (a condition where the body doesn’t produce/synthesize enough testosterone).

There is also an updated version of the ADAM questionnaire which can be used, called the qADAM questionnaire , or quantitative ADAM questionnaire. The qADAM questionnaire is almost identical to the standard ADAM test, but uses a grading system for the questions, instead of a simple Yes/No answer.
For example: 1 (terrible), 2 (poor), 3(average), 4 (good), 5 (excellent)

The qADAM Questionnaire Article Page

More information about these tests and the research can be found here:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2834355/

If you think that you may how low testosterone, please consult your physician to discuss further.  We also have a helpful community with videos on YouTube.

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The TRT Manual And Facebook Group Access Is Now FREE.

Awesome News! The TRT Manual And Facebook Group Access Is Now FREE!

I constantly promote and refer to an excellent guide on testosterone replacement therapy called “The TRT Manual” by Jay Campbell. Especially in my YouTube videos on TRT.

This book is the definitive guide to optimizing your testosterone for lifelong health and happiness.

trt-revolution-fbgroupAlong with the book, came access to the TRT Revolution Facebook Group for people who purchase the book, which was only available for purchase on Amazon.

Until now…

Jay has been extremely kind and made the complete book available as a free PDF download. Not only that, but he has also made access to the Facebook Group available to those interested.

To access the free PDF version of The TRT Manual:  CLICK HERE
To request access the Facebook TRT Revolution Group: CLICK HERE to add Jay as a friend

Good luck gentlemen! Hopefully this starts you on the road of getting your testosterone back to optimal levels and feeling like a man again!