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31 Jul 2007

hi please could you weigh up the pros and cons of supplementing with testosterone

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Sports nutrition

01 Jan 0001

Hi Guy

Testosterone is produced from cholesterol by the Leydig cells in the testes and then released directly into the bloodstream. Some of it is converted into a related chemical called dihydrotestosterone which is partly responsible for male baldness and prostate problems. Its production stimulates bone and muscle growth, keeps the body strong and fuel male desires like for example the love of speeding and dangerous events. Therefore supplementation would increase muscles size and strength, but could also increase aggressiveness along with many other side-effects:

- Bigger muscles are more prone to tears and injuries.
- The growth could also increase the size of the heart which will increase blood pressure and ultimately the chances of a cardiovascular infarction. Increased blood pressure damages the walls of the arteries and there from you can see how it can effect the proper functioning of your cardiovascular system.
- Cholesterol increases are prevalent which also implies poor cardiovascular health.
- Excess testosterone is transformed, through a process called aromatization, into the female hormone estrogen which may be one of the causes of gynecomastia (excess tissue growth in the chest area that makes the nipples look more like female breasts).
- Libido will initially increase, but with prolonged use the testis will atrophy and therefore libido will decrease.
- Acne break-outs on the face, neck and back area are often experienced.

Usually, during weight-training workouts, the concentration of testosterone in the blood increases by as much as 37 percent (William J. Kraemer, PhD, director of the Human Performance Laboratory at Ball State University in Indiana). It then binds to the DNA, which sends signals to add protein to the muscles. Kraemer also found that you can increase the amount of testosterone available during exercise by consuming a protein-carbohydrate supplement two hours before and immediately after a workout. He also stated that multiple-set rather than single-set workouts also boost testosterone levels. All this said I do believe this is the saver nutrient timing oute to opt for than testosterone supplementation.

However, if you believe your levels may be below normal, pay a visit to an endocrinologist or urologist whom will determine if so and whether the problem lies in the testes or the pituitary gland (sends out the signal for testosterone production) in which case your physician might prescribe it as a pill, a patch, or an bio-identical hormone cream that is massaged into the testicles and inner thighs.

Take care.
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