I had my blood drawn last week for another set of labs. Everything came back pretty well. I’m sitting right in the middle of normal male range for everything, except for my AST levels (aspartate aminotransferase). It’s an enzyme that is in red blood cells, heart, liver, muscle tissue, pancreas, and kidneys. When taking testosterone, you want to have this checked because it’s a marker that the liver is being damaged, and we know that taking testosterone increases this risk. My doctor likes to send me my lab results before my appointments with her. Of course, when I saw that this was elevated, I first had to find out what it was, but during my research I found that weightlifting can cause these levels to increase, as well. When lifting weights, you break down the tissue, releasing all kind of things into the bloodstream. One of those things is this particular enzyme. All in all, I noticed this increased significantly only after starting CrossFit, so it’s not likely that there is damage to my liver. My doctor isn’t concerned either; she just likes to keep an eye on things. I haven’t heard of any other trans guys talk about this if they’ve started intense exercise programs and testosterone around the same time.
My cholesterol has actually improved since my last labs, probably due to a better diet and exercise. My HDL (otherwise known as the good cholesterol) went up, and my LDL (bad cholesterol) went down. It was a concern before since they went down and up, respectively, compared to my pre-T values at my last blood test. So, it’s good to see these things returning to a better level. Oh and my doctor finally didn’t give me crap about my BMI. I’m about 20 lbs “overweight,” but I’m gaining muscle like crazy. I’m pretty sure I haven’t gained any fat since starting T.
My 6 months on testosterone is coming up at the end of next week. I can’t believe it’s been that long already. Until then.