CFA Program and Testosterone levels

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stillmanaf's picture

I had my annual check up this year scheduled for Monday after exam day.  I suspected that my T levels might be low (due to stress from exam prep) so I asked for this lab work.  The results came back below range.  Has anyone else experienced low T levels in the CFA Program?  Any reasonable suggestions to reduce/manage stress?

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former trader's picture

Could be age also.

Telling it like it is on AF since 2007.

Dal's picture

Ask Lance Armstrong how to raise it.

Seriously, do more exercise, it will get back to normal.

Its only level 1 of the program, what would happen when you do levels 2 & 3 and in real world.

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Aether's picture

Feck, I think I was missing one of my testicles after I walked out of the L2 exam. I think I’m still missing it.

robertucla's picture

It could be a number of things. Your age, diet, do you smoke etc. Start working out (big muscle excersises) but if this doesn’t work there are some supplements your doctor should recommend.

Ramos4rm's picture

I think you’re spanking it too much bro. Read this

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PalacioHill's picture

Mine dropped too when I was sitting for level II.  When I got mine tested, b/c I was feeling weak, my results came back below range, 298 ng/dl, and Free T was way low.  After the Level II exam I resumed normal sleep, diet and exercise and my T rose back up to over 500 ng/dl, in the mid-normal range, and Free T was in the upper to normal range.  I also had varicoceles which I am sure was affecting things, which has since been fixed. 

Stress, diet & sleep are huge factors that contribute to your T levels.  You produce the majority of your T while you sleep so if you are getting less than 8 hours of sleep then your T will be low.  Also, the stress hormone Cortisole interferes with T levels so if you have a lot of stress your T will be low.  When I was studying, I was constantly stressed out with studying, work, and family, so I am sure my cortisole was sky high, and I was going to bed each night at 1am and waking up at 6am, which raises cortisole as well. 

Try to raise your T naturally by lowering your stress level, get more sleep, have more sex, and get plenty of exercise. Also, check to see if you have a varicocele, because 1/5 guys has them and they affect T production.  If you start waking up with morning wood again and your sex drive increases, that is a good indication that your T levels are coming back to normal.

former trader's picture

Doesn’t stress increase T in some people?

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PalacioHill's picture

I don’t think so, if you are referring to prolonged stress.  Stress is the slow killer.  Cortisole and T have an inverse relationship.  Now fight or flight mode stress might give a boost in T.  Also it has been reported that winning sporting events gives a boost in T.  Maybe that is good stress.

r-man's picture

my voices moved up an octave after each level… i am auditioning for edward cullen’s baby boy in the next twilight

former trader's picture

Take some andriol and you’ll be back in black, back on track.

Telling it like it is on AF since 2007.

1recho's picture

Listen to Palacio. He knows.

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andytrader's picture

bunch of pussies.  go for a run and suck it up

stillmanaf's picture

Aether wrote:

Feck, I think I was missing one of my testicles after I walked out of the L2 exam. I think I’m still missing it.

I think my stress level just dropped I have been laughing so hard at this one…

Steely Dan's picture

Try adding some grass fed beef or free range eggs to your diet.  A little extra saturated fat isn’t bad for you (when it comes from “natural” sources) and can help boost testosterone production in the body as well.  

How low are we taking here?  The problem with most doctors is that they’ll look at the range of “normal” but not adjust it for age.  For example, 400ng/dL is within the “normal” range but way too low for a guy in his mid to late 20’s. 

mat tye's picture

Lift weights and have more sex, should get you back on track.  

PalacioHill's picture

^ also remember that your levels will fluctuate.  Sleep and removal of stress are the most important factors.  Also, heavy weight exercise that focus on large muscle groups, like squats, cleans deadlifts, will increase T.

Asshat's picture

Test ethanate 1000 mg a week with Anavar orals and an occasional shot of tren, you’ll be fine….

PalacioHill's picture

Yeah, if you take Testosterone, your testicles will stop working and shrink up.  If you are < 40 years old, chances are it is a life style issue that is killing your T. 

Steely Dan's picture

Asshat wrote:

Test ethanate 1000 mg a week with Anavar orals and an occasional shot of tren, you’ll be fine….

LOL. Uh, no. 

CFA_shareholder's picture

Guys,

Did you know Plastic toxins can kill of T levels (and raise estrogen levels)?

http://dangerandplay.com/2012/11/18/mens-health-plastic-water-bottles-lower-testosterone/

Be safe y’all.( PS-  If you already didn’t realize I am an anti- plastic crusader lol)

MJLU280's picture

Vitamin D supplements help.

stillmanaf's picture

Steely Dan wrote:

Try adding some grass fed beef or free range eggs to your diet.  

2 gallons Kefir made from raw milk per week plus happy chicken eggs are main source of protein/fats.  I eat clean, extreme some may say.  Total T was at 287 ng and Free available T at 11.7 ng.   My understanding this is 2 std. dev. below mean or equivalent to an 80 yr old man.  For a 39 yr old,  I hope the total T springs back taking the Free back up with it. 

I plan not to stress as much at Level II, assuming I cleared this round.  Level I was very personal for me, failure absolutely not an option.

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PalacioHill wrote:

^ also remember that your levels will fluctuate.  Sleep and removal of stress are the most important factors.  Also, heavy weight exercise that focus on large muscle groups, like squats, cleans deadlifts, will increase T.

 I dropped back to lifting only 1X per week from March thru May.  Something had to give and unfortunately lifting was it.  I did keep cycling to work though.   I can’t wait to get going again.  Going to go do some squats and deads now…

PalacioHill's picture

I really think stress and lack of sleep are the killers.  Also, worth checkin to see if you have Varicoceles, Veines in the scrotum that keep the area too warm for the testicles to function properly.  

Asshat's picture

PalacioHill wrote:

Yeah, if you take Testosterone, your testicles will stop working and shrink up.  If you are < 40 years old, chances are it is a life style issue that is killing your T. 

That’s why you use Clomid and Nolva to bring those little fuckers up…

former trader's picture

The more sex you have, the more your T level will increase.  You have to get back in the habit.

Telling it like it is on AF since 2007.

TwoNineSeven's picture

PalacioHill wrote:

I really think stress and lack of sleep are the killers.  Also, worth checkin to see if you have Varicoceles, Veines in the scrotum that keep the area too warm for the testicles to function properly.  

Curious to know what meds cured Varicoceles?

mat tye's picture

CFA_shareholder makes my T spike.

PalacioHill's picture

Stillmanaf, when do you get your blod test re-done?  ALso, be sure to do it in the morning.

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PalacioHill wrote:

Stillmanaf, when do you get your blod test re-done?  ALso, be sure to do it in the morning.

Early August, this would be 8 plus week interval.  I am trying to put as much effort to get the T back up as I put into Level I exam prep.  It’s a nice challenge during the wait period for exam results.  I will do it bright and early, including additional hormones for further analysis.  Thanks!  Off to sleep…

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