(06-04-2015 06:18 PM)justMongo Wrote: Mine is sub-normal (206 ng/dL.) I wonder if it wouldn't help me by reducing central obesity; and restoring the ability to build muscle.
I'm more interested in how I feel. I may not be a good candidate for exogenous T. I do have cardiac issues.
The gels cost an arm and a leg even with insurance.
No, it would not help in weight loss - diet and exercise is all that counts here - cut the carbs and sugars. The weight is one reason you have lowered testosterone and the diet and exercise that helps you to lower your weight naturally helps in restoring your levels to the norm for your age. People who think taking testosterone supplements will help them to lose weight have the causality backwards. Your ability to build muscle is not an issue, unless you are talking about bulking the muscle and even there, not a good idea - you can build muscle strength without a supplement. No shortcuts, please. At any rate, if by cardiac issues you mean cardiac based circulatory differentials you would not be a safe candidate for testosterone of any sort - you might risk stroke.
At best you might consider natural ways to boost your levels - walk briskly 10 to 15 minutes a day, for instance.
Cut out sugars to the maximum extent you can.
Review your meds: Opioid drugs such as fentanyl, MS Contin, and OxyContin, glucocorticoid drugs such as prednisone, and anabolic steroids used for building muscles and improving athletic performance all can take a toll on your body's natural way of producing testosterone. So review your meds with your doc and if you need to adjust them, do so - but do not stop taking them on your own just because of the testosterone levels in your body - they are there to help in other ways.
Reduce your stress - don't pull long work shifts, and spend at least two hours a day on non-work or exercise related activities that you enjoy (no, not drinking or bellying up to the BBQ)
Two words - garlic and avocados - great for you. Not necessarily together. Olive oil as well, preferably virgin or extra virgin - imported from my sister's farm in Tuscany is the best, of course, but other commercial brands are okay
Egg yolks can give you a natural hormone boost - the cholesterol in them is a natural precursor to testosterone and allows the body to convert it fast - there is no effect on your body's cholesterol from eating up to three eggs a day, or even more, according to new studies that show dietary cholesterol has little to no effect on bodily levels. Tuna is also a good candidate to help boost your levels, but I won't touch it. Eat oysters and shellfish (for the zinc, an very important way of boosting testosterone), too, along with beef liver. Beans, beans and beans (they're musical fruits), preferably not cooked. In short, more or less the Mediterranean diet.
Non prescriptive supplements are lie, all of them, so forget them and don't go near them - some are even dangerous. So don't even think about them. Around the only non prescriptive supplement that actually has any safe effect is vitamin D supplements - they work, especially when administered as a bolus.
Do not even think about taking testosterone supplements without fully qualified medical guidance by a practising physician. Online forums touting one sort of testosterone against another are dangerous nonsense, and online sales of it may lead you to damage yourself due to overdosing or contaminated medications, or just plain rubbish disguised as medication. Only a physician who is familiar with your case and has full access to all your history should prescribe any form of testosterone treatment.
The doc has spoken.
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