TRT improved my cholesterol and triglycerides. Not that they were out of range, but TRT put them in the optimal levels/ratio. It also relieved my fatigue, though not completely, I was able to exercise more which also helps.
Also, yes if you’re overweight or simply have a high body fat % level, I would work on that first before doing TRT as that can make it a little more risky. I think that non-PFS guys respond a lot better to TRT than us (like fat loss, water retention, etc). For me, it added both muscle and fat and because of that, it looked like mostly fat. I found the trick to minimizing those negative effects were 2x/week subq dosing at the least possible dose. I can handle 60-80 mg/week (total) pretty well; that puts my Free T levels at middle to top of range.
I’m aware of those studies, but you have to understand that much of the data that underlies them is skewed due to ineptitude of most TRT docs. When it comes to TRT, most doctors fall into three categories:
- Scared off from those studies (but have good intentions);
- Cavalier over-dosers (men’s trt clinics); or
- Follow outdated TRT protocols, and refuse to keep a check on things like estradiol, shbg, hct, etc.
I’m sure many here can attest to this problem.