I've read a lot of Mike Mahler's work regarding optimizing hormone levels with diet and lifestyle. If you are not aware of Mike, he is a vegan strength coach but eats an intentionally greater amount of fat (I believe sometimes up to 60% daily). His emphasis on plant-based dietary fat is because the saturated fat (like in coconut oil) will increase our cholesterol which is important for creating hormones. Mike's specialty is optimizing hormones for males like testosterone. Since I feel my body is best on a low fat high carb raw vegan diet like Durianrider, I was curious to see what Durianrider's testosterone levels looked liked based on Mike's ranges.
I analyzed Durianrider's total testosterone levels from two of his blood test videos and compared them to Mike's recommendations. (I had to convert Durianrider's levels to US) Here are the numbers:
Mike Mahler says an appropriate normal total testosterone level for men is between 350-1,000 ng/dL. (I've seen many sources starting the range from 250 but Mike prefers it be 350.)
Durianrider's last blood test: 17 nmol/L which equals 490 ng/dL. The test before that was 18 nmol/L which is 519 ng/dL. Both well within Mike's recommended range.
Mike Mahler likes to keep his cholesterol around 180-200 mg/dL.
Durianrider's latest total cholesterol level was 4.0 mmol/L which is 154 mg/dL and previous to that was 4.8 mmol/L which is 185 mg/dL.
Mike recommends achieving his range with a few tablespoons of coconut oil a day but to get that 185 on his second to last blood test, I sincerely doubt that Durianrider was eating coconut oil or even over 10% of his daily calories from fat!
We already know that important hormones for males are already supported on 811 but I find these comparisons interesting since they prove that two vegans can have healthy testosterone levels yet eat very opposite. If you follow Mike Mahler and you follow Durianrider you will actually notice both have a similar personality and approach in terms of self-help and personal responsibility. You wouldn't even have to test either one of them to figure their total (and free) testosterone was more than adequate.