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Testosterone, Hormones and General Men's Health / Glucose
« on: April 18, 2013, 06:22:22 pm »
Peak, I just went and got my last 3 years of labs from my gp for an upcoming appointment.  My gp always told me everything looked great without giving numbers.  I noticed my one number on there that is out of range is glucose.  The last 3 years it's been 104, 102, and 104 respectively.  I see online that is considered prediabetes being over 100, with diabetes coming at 126.  My cholesterol, HDL, and triglycerides look great, with a total to HDL ratio of 3.2.  Just wondering about the glucose, what that means and what I should do about it.  I know you talk about insulin resistance a lot, I don't see anything relating to insulin on here, but how does glucose relate to all this and do I need to be worried?  It is fasting glucose taken in the morning when I hadn't eaten anything since the night before

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Testosterone, Hormones and General Men's Health / Probiotics a Scam?
« on: January 10, 2013, 05:12:49 pm »
peak, i've always been skeptical of probiotics, not for any scientific reason or knowledge on my part, but just because seeing it advertised on tv makes me suspect its faddish.  do you believe in them, and if so how do you pick one out?  are they all the same or do some do different things than others?  thanks, i have a tendency to be overly cautious about diseases but antibiotic resistance is something ive been really worrying about for years

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Testosterone, Hormones and General Men's Health / arimidex dosage
« on: July 27, 2012, 06:45:14 pm »
so i posted a while back about going on hcg, it's been almost 3 months.  i had a follow up with the doc about a month ago, i had been doing around 200 iu (doc had suggested 100, i was cheating a little) and my T went from the 320-300 range it had always tested in to 378, so he upped the dosage to 400 iu.  he did test free T and SHBG and those were fine, 2.2% on the free and very normal SHBG.  also the blood count they worry about with HRT he tested and that's fine too.  he had still never tested E2 so i requested that it be done for my follow up.  went back today and T is up to 450, but E2 was 48 and 39.7 was the top of the range.  he said he didnt think it needed to be treated and i pushed back and mentioned arimidex, and he said he'd give me a trial of it.  he said half of a 1mg pill every day, isn't that high?  havent i heard people taking like half a pill twice per week?  please advise on any experiences there.

just to tell how it's been going so far, i noticed an improvement in morning erections and erection quality almost right away after starting the hcg.  i also believe it has helped my general mood, though i cant be 100% sure.  i have had some things go very well for me recently in a business i started a little over a year ago, so hard to separate out the cause of being in a good mood all the time.  i dont seem to get monday blues the way i have always gotten.  and i used to always need to take a nap in the afternoon, but lately even when i try i cant.  as far as libido, i didnt notice much, other than a little more confidence because erections were more solid and knowing everything worked helped.  but in the last 10 days or so i have started to notice a meaningful improvement, not anywhere close to where it needs to be but noticeably better.

i am starting to think that my original low T problem could have been caused by too much estrogen conversion.  the reason i think that is that my LH levels though "abnormally normal" in the sense that they should have been even higher given my T levels, were at 6.9 in a range of 1.5-9.3.  additionally i did a home saliva test about a month after i started and it also showed high E.  when i brought up the possibility to the doc today he said he didnt know since we didnt test for it till today, but he didn't want to change too many things at once, so stay on hcg but add arimidex.  i understand his point about not changing too many things but still bothers me that we never checked E in the first place. 

note i am not overweight and am in great shape, but i do have a gut that i just can't seem to get rid of.  i have no fat whatsoever on my arms and legs and am quite muscular, but the gut just won't go away.  i have been killing myself in the gym and with hill sprints this summer and have lost a little weight but it all came off my sides.  i am 6'3 and 207-8 and i did sets of 6 the other day on benchpress with 205 on the bar so not overweight by any means.(i am stronger and have been gaining strength faster than ever this summer which i attribute partly to the hcg)  my one bad habit is i do drink more than peak t would approve of.

the good news about my endo is that he seems quite amenable to trying whatever i want to try (other than direct T which he doesnt like giving to someone as young as me at 37 due to the difficulties of coming off of it), the bad news is he clearly doesn't have a good idea what he should be doing so i am in charge of my own therapy to a greater extent than i should be.  so any advice on this dosage is greatly appreciated.  i am set to see him again in 3 months.  i am quite excited to start the arimidex as i feel like getting that T to E ratio right is really what i need to get my libido where it should be.  fingers crossed.

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Testosterone, Hormones and General Men's Health / vitamin d
« on: July 01, 2012, 05:13:36 pm »
i want to start supplementing this.  i drink a lot of milk anyway (i switched to organic milk in a glass bottle after reading this site) but figure i should supplement it.  whats the best way to do it?  thanx

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Testosterone, Hormones and General Men's Health / cacao
« on: July 01, 2012, 05:11:35 pm »
i just got some of the amazon natural cacao powder someone mentioned on here.  my question is how to take it and make it tolerable for taste?  i dont like chocolate to begin with and this sounds like i will really find it foul.  preferably something to mix it with to drink.  i am an incompetent in the kitchen so anything more complicated than boiling water is a no go for me.  thanx

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Testosterone, Hormones and General Men's Health / HCG only for HH?
« on: April 28, 2012, 04:55:18 pm »
i like probably many people on this forum had unusually low sex drive for several years, and kept getting told my T was "normal" consistently testing in the 320-330 range.  i finally did research and discovered that is not at all normal for someone in their 30s who is otherwise very healthy and who lifts heavy weights 3-4x/week.  so i went to an endo and got complete tests w/pituitary MRI done and he agreed my T was low.  he asked what treatment options i was interested in, and i said HcG looked interesting to me because i still wanted to have children.  he said there is also clomid to consider.  when i went back for results he said i had "abnormally normal" LH levels, in other words that i should have a natural pituitary response to produce more LH given my testosterone levels and that was not occurring.  otherwise my system was functioning fine.  he even diagnosed me with HH as a result.  (i also have a weak but not nonexistent sense of smell, and my belief is that i have a milder form of kallmans syndrome, as although i went through puberty on time, i never grew much bodily hair and was a very scrawny kid until i hit the weights hard in my 20s.  i think it doesn't get called kallmans by the medical profession because it is rare and doesn't get diagnosed since puberty occurs) 

however, in spite of this after talking about clomid my first time there, he said he would give it to me if i wanted but that wouldn't boost libido so wanted me to instead try an antidepressant wellbutrin that improves libido in many cases.  i was surprised so just took it, but the more i thought about it the idea of being on an antidepressant really bothers me.  in addition i am 2 weeks in and other than a suppressed appetite have noticed nothing.  when he gave it to me he said direct T would definitely boost libido but he didnt want to give it to me, and that he didn't like to prescribe it alone or with HcG to someone my age because you can't ever get off of it.

the more i think and read about it the more HcG sounds very appropriate for my situation.  i like the idea of directly addressing my weakness, LH, and producing my own natural T.  i probably would not even need a high dosage as i am likely to respond well given my health status and that my testicular volume is ok.  it seems like i would be back into balance.  given that there appear to be no downsides in trying, i think if i absolutely demanded it i could get this guy to prescribe it to me without T, or else i could find someone to.  its combining it with T he said he really didn't like to do.

when i read online message boards like this one for people's experience with HcG, everyone either seems to be combining it with T, or else a steroid user coming off cycle.  My question is, does anyone have experience with HcG alone, or any knowledge there?  and does it boost libido or is it like clomid that doesn't by itself?  can anyone tell me any reason it wouldn't be a good idea or worth trying given my situation?  and if i can't get this guy to prescribe it any advice on finding someone who would?  i am in the Washington, DC area if anyone has a specific name to recommend.  Thanks

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