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rcjordan

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Problem with testosterone
« on: January 09, 2017, 08:21:37 PM »

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Re: Problem with testosterone
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2017, 08:47:09 PM »
Hormones are like calcium, too much is dangerous, and not enough can lead to physical decline.  This is a  topic that has been tainted by the steroid controversy, but I think that smart hormone replacement will see a resurgence in the next decade.  It is something I've researched quite a bit and I think I will do eventually.  The benefits outweigh the risks for most healthy people as they age.
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Re: Problem with testosterone
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2017, 09:30:23 PM »
>hormone replacement will see a resurgence

Based on the commercial landscape, I thought that was already in full swing.



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Re: Problem with testosterone
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2017, 10:06:49 PM »
It could be.  In the 80s it was really a thing on the female side, but then there was a study that showed that there was an increased risk of breast cancer and it quickly went out of favor.  I see a lot of hype on TRT, but it still seems (to me) to be on the fringe with most regular doctors still shunning the idea.

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Re: Problem with testosterone
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2017, 01:10:12 PM »
The testosterone is either inhibiting the process of mentally checking your work or increasing the intuitive feeling that, Im definitely right.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/25/men-blame-hormones-testosterone-trouble-aggression-decision-making

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Re: Problem with testosterone
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2017, 03:13:16 PM »
Just was listening to some interesting stuff from various sources on test

- testosterone does not inherently increase aggression. It inherently increases whatever traits are valued for getting to the top of the hierarchy that you are in, and that tends to accentuate aggression. The researcher was saying he wanted to do an experiment of putting a monastery of Buddhist monks on T and seeing if they would start competing to out-compassion each other.

- testosterone doesn't make muscles grow, it increases your ability to recover, which means you can work out harder. Which means that if you are not working out hard enough currently to max your body's recovery abilities, testosterone is not going to help you pack on muscle (but it might have all the other bad effects).

I suspect that hormone therapy will be part of extending active life, but I think right now there's still a lot we don't know about how hormones work and interact.

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Re: Problem with testosterone
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2017, 03:28:01 PM »
Hormone-altering therapy via Propecia (baldness, BPH) is already pretty common in men, too.  The med community just sidesteps talking about the side effects --which are onerous and also fairly common.

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BPH is common in aging men. About half of all men between the ages of 51 and 60 have BPH. Up to 90% of men over age 80 have BPH.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/finasteride-oral-route/description/drg-20063819

http://www.rxlist.com/propecia-side-effects-drug-center.htm

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Re: Problem with testosterone
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2017, 06:00:13 PM »
Propecia blocks testosterone to dihydrotestosterone conversion.  I understand taking it for prostatic hyperplasia, but I would take baldness over those side effects.

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Re: Problem with testosterone
« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2023, 11:34:59 PM »
>Which means that if you are not working out hard enough currently to max your body's recovery abilities, testosterone is not going to help you pack on muscle

Apparently this is a bit of a myth.  Probably to make people feel better about having a bio-chemical advantage.
https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM199607043350101
(take a look at Fig 1)

Those who were given testosterone but didn't exercise made more gains than the group in the study that didn't get testosterone but did exercised.  These were very large dosages though, 600mg/week, or about three times the *upper end* of what would be considered a replacement dose.

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Re: Problem with testosterone
« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2023, 12:13:54 AM »
>Propecia:  I understand taking it for prostatic hyperplasia, but I would take baldness over those side effects.

Generic propecia is in the bucketload of drugs they give during kidney transplant recovery for the same reasons it is used for BPH --increased flow.  Maybe it helps with the hair loss that's a side effect of the immunosuppressants, too. I knew of the side effects and asked that it be dropped, which they did without comment.   

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Re: Problem with testosterone
« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2023, 02:35:09 PM »
That is an amazing, and slightly crazy study. I'm surprised it passed the ethical review board. I'd love to see it repeated over a longer time period and with a larger group, but I think that is out of the question.

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Those who were given testosterone but didn't exercise made more gains than the group in the study that didn't get testosterone but did exercised

Actually, the former gained more mass and the latter gained more strength, which is also super interesting and makes sense. Fascinating.

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Re: Problem with testosterone
« Reply #11 on: May 18, 2023, 07:35:27 PM »
>I'm surprised it passed the ethical review board

I'm glad it was done.  Interestingly, this was just testosterone and not any of the designer steroids that enhance anabolism even more.   I see a lot of perpetuating myths that people just aren't working hard enough when the board is stacked.   There is a lot of money involved.

Even getting my normal range TRT has been a great advantage for me.  It isn't just on the muscle building side, but when I lean out I have the advantage of staying in a normal range even when in a caloric deficit which helps preserve muscle. 

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Re: Problem with testosterone
« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2023, 10:15:38 PM »
I've gotta say that the pro bodybuilders who were definitely juicing were also working really really hard.

I suspect it's one of those things where you can get so far with just T and you can get so far with just hard work, but the guys who are really big are doing both.

Also, I've read that pretty much every super ripped male fitness model you see is taking some form of anabolic hormone and also wildly dehydrating for photo shoots. They're not necessarily particularly fit or particularly healthy.

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Re: Problem with testosterone
« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2023, 11:55:32 PM »
Yeah, I agree with all that.  Even the armature and local level bodybuilders I've known from the gym work very hard.

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I've only known one pro level bodybuilder, he was a friend of a cousin of mine and I ended up giving him and his wife a ride to SFO from Sausalito when I was a teen.  We talked about training the entire drive.

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Re: Problem with testosterone
« Reply #14 on: May 20, 2023, 02:47:06 AM »
Now THAT's a pro bodybuilder. Too bad you didn't talk about other things too..

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The guys at my gym were not nearly at that level, though one did "best abs" at Mr Universe.