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By Old and Busted
From Centennial, CO
May 11, 2012
Stabby
So I've got this buddy who's been listening to the bombardment of ads on the radio for all these testosterone replacement programs. He says that he has all the symptoms they describe as side effects to low T. However, having been around awhile, he is also quite suspicious of magic cure-alls. Who's got informed beta on this for my buddy, so I can forward it to him?

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By Jake Jones
From Richmond, VA
May 11, 2012
Me and the offspring walking back to the car after a day of cragging.
I know a little. Zinc levels in the male body are correlative to testosterone levels. I can't break it down on a molecular level, but often Zinc deficiency is a strong indicator that a testosterone deficiency is occurring or will occur.

Depression and stress produce cortisol which is the enemy of testosterone. If your pal is in a shitty relationship and there's nothing keeping him there, i.e. she's not paying part of the bills, no kids, no ring, urge him to GTFO.

Lots of sex can increase testosterone levels.

So can weightlifting. Most climbers don't partake, however.

Get at least 7 hours of sleep on a regular schedule.

Eat nuts. They're good for your nuts.

That's all I got.

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By steitz
From midcoast, maine
May 11, 2012
He should see a doctor if he thinks he might have low testosterone. It's easily diagnosed.

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By S.Stelli
From Colorado Springs, CO
May 11, 2012
steitz wrote:
He should see a doctor if he thinks he might have low testosterone. It's easily diagnosed.


Well.... I agree. Not entirely though. Its easy to measure free floating T levels in the bloodstream. However only measuring those levels one time is not enough. I had a doctor tell me I had low T. They took my blood only once, and gleamed that I had issues from that ONE occurance.

Turns out I'm totally fine. I was just tired from my poor diet. I fixed that by eating Dr. Junger's "Clean" diet. Look it up. Its awesome.

If your friend suspects low T... see a doctor. Make sure they do a series of tests... as in testing your levels at different times of the day on different days. It will give them a better idea of what is happening.

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By mcarizona
From Flag
May 11, 2012
"...has all the symptoms they describe as side effects to low T...." Don't those commercials always have general symptoms to get you to consider buying them: " do you find yourself using your left hand occasionally for an enhanced experience?" ..."say... I DO do that!.."

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By S.Stelli
From Colorado Springs, CO
May 11, 2012
mcarizona wrote:
Don't those commercials always have general symptoms to get you to consider buying them


Yes. Yes they do! My favorite one to laugh at is the "Do you have symptoms of dry mouth?"

HAHA drink some water!

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By Peter Pitocchi
May 11, 2012
Pete belays 2nd pitch Little corner
See a real doctor who will listen to your symptoms, examine you and advise you regarding workup and treatment. Avoid just asking to be tested for one disorder, as several things can cause hypogonad symptoms. There is a real benefit to having somebody who really knows what they are doing, trained and experienced, to prevent you from getting a big expensive run-around. I recommend a board certified internist. They (we) have to pass a pretty hard test.
There are doctors out there who will fleece you like a sheep selling various concoctions. The best way to find a good doctor is by word of mouth. Another way is to call the local ER and ask the nurses (not the doctors) who they recommend. The nurses see who is a good doctor when their patients actually get sick, not just when they are healthy. There are a lot of Bozos out there unfortunately. Keep asking around before making an appointment to see which names keep coming up.

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By Brent Apgar
From Out of the Loop
May 11, 2012
Me and Spearhead
mcarizona wrote:
" " do you find yourself using your left hand occasionally for an enhanced experience?" ..."say... I DO do that!.."


I never do that... oh wait, I'm left handed.

Since there's so much info (legit and bogus) out there, the best I can do is give a recommendation on someone to see.
If he's local to the Denver area this is the urologist that I've heard good things about. He specifically deals w/ a lot of Test related issues.
Dr. Jesse Mills

Endocrine changes w/ age and it's effect on sport performance is certainly a very interesting topic, it would be interesting to hear from folks that are willing to share.

Personally I've run a couple of cycles of over the counter test boosters and there is certainly a noticeable difference in strength and recovery. Though running them for much more than 6 wks isn't a great idea, too bad oral supplements are so hard on the liver.
BA

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