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Re: My Journal to improve my health and sex life
« Reply #15 on: January 12, 2012, 02:53:44 pm »
Let us know what happens.

The other tocopherols have just not been studies as much so you're paving new territory. The are promising, but then so was alpha tocopherol, eh?

http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/vitamine
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16943450

My own comment on that supplement is that the dosages seem to be in the range of what you would get from diet and so I ask the question:  why just eat some nuts/seeds?  Almonds and walnuts, for example, are superfoods with multiple benes that I mention in my book and will definitely help most men a little with erections.
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« Reply #16 on: January 12, 2012, 05:37:40 pm »
Good point. I probably won`t buy that product. Already spend enough on various food and supplements. I already eat about 10 walnuts and 10 almonds every day. Is this about the right amount? I`m thinking of increasing to twice as many to see what happens. When I`ve pigged out in the past on almonds it seems to make a difference to my sex drive.

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« Reply #17 on: January 13, 2012, 02:01:52 am »
Yes, they are very powerful.  As I mention on my site, saturated fat hammers your endothelium and slows down blood flow after a meal.  A handful of Walnuts will counteract that - that's how powerful they are.  I don't think they totally understand it.  They say it's the Arginine, but there's not much there and Arginine has been marginally successful in the studies anyway.  So there's something else magical in there.

Yes, that sounds like the right amount.  Now keep in mind that nuts don't fit well into a Low Fat Diet for those who are following that.  But that sounds like a good amount that shouldn't lead to weight gain (which is the only real concern)...
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« Reply #18 on: January 13, 2012, 04:07:20 pm »
OK, so just come back from the ultrasound scan and I do indeed have a varicocele on my left testicle, not a huge one though. The ultrasound doctor is writing up his report and will send it to my GP, then next week, I`ll sit down with my GP and we will go over the full ultrasound report and my testosterone level results.

It seems to me the two problems are linked especially after reading a few bit and pieces:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/06/110616142726.htm

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21435152

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22190930

I don`t know my testosterone results but it seems to me they`re going to come back pretty low, if so, I`d much rather have the least invasive surgery to repair the damage, increase my fertility and increase my testosterone production naturally rather than go on HRT.

I`m wandering how long after surgery does it take for T levels to rise again? Can`t seem to find this information. Anyone have any similar experiences? Apparently varicoceles are common, especially on the left testicle with 1 in 10 men having one, and 80% being on the left testicle.


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« Reply #19 on: January 13, 2012, 04:26:05 pm »
Question:  Why are you going over all of this with your GP?  Is he pretty knowledgeable?  Normally urologists can handle both the varicocele and testosterone.  If your physician is good and knowledgeable in this area, that's great, but I would kind of find it surprising if he knew much about varicoceles.  Some docs like to do new things, so you might ask him how many patients he's had with varicoceles and what his experience is. 

I don't know how long it takes, but I would guess it would be in the two or three month time frame.  The reason?  The area has to rebuild the vascularity in the area and, obviously, that doesn't happen overnight.  That's another good questions for your GP to see if he has any experience...

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« Reply #20 on: January 13, 2012, 05:46:16 pm »
That`s just the way things seem to work with the NHS in my experience. Anyone is welcome to correct me if I`m wrong, but the decision is now upto my GP on whether or not I get referred to a urologist which I would of thought I now would.

The doctor I saw earlier was just doing the scan,  I guess his report will influence my GP`s decision. Referrals to see specialist doctors all come from the GP. It was the same when I had acne, I had to see my GP a couple of times to try treatments before he sent me to a dermotologist.

I guess this is the NHS. I suppose the GP has to make sure it`s the right decision to send the patient to see specialist otherwise it will waste time and money, but sometimes they are far too reserved which annoys many people. That is my take on it all anyway.

Is there anything you recommend me to do in the mean time while awaiting consultation? I read people with varicoceles have a higher temperature testicle, so should be cooling them down often? (As silly as that sounds)

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« Reply #21 on: January 14, 2012, 05:21:36 pm »
The main thing now is to take care very good care of your health in case your T is low.  Exercise, proper diet are all critical due to potentially elevated insulin levels, weight gain, etc.
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« Reply #22 on: January 19, 2012, 11:27:02 am »
I `ve definately been taking care of my health more over the last 3-4 months anyway. Stopping smoking, more regular exercise. More vegetables, etc. Not perfect but getting there.

What I find curious though, if someone has potentially low T, then what would be the most important diet to eat:  a clean healthy diet when that won`t improve T levels (and low T as we all know causes long term health risks), or would it be better to eat more fats to improve T levels (which causes other sorts of cardio and health problems). It seems if you can`t win when T levels are low, unless you can repair the part of your body that is causing it not create enough T, or go on HRT.

Anyway, I just rang the doctors to see if my tests results have come back, and the blood tests and ultrasound scan are back, so I have appointment for next Thursday. The secretary said there was no `no further action` required on the tests, which included Testosterone, Blood glucose, and I think she mentioned prostate, but she doesn`t have access to the figures.

So, I`m guessing if my T levels are low, they`re probably not super low, but I`m still thinking after everything I`ve read, they are low, but it`s probably not been flagged up as the NHS is probably using very conservative figures as far as I gather.

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Re: My Journal to improve my health and sex life
« Reply #23 on: January 19, 2012, 06:41:19 pm »
Gotcha.

Well, what diet to choose is a tough one because it would be nice to have more research.  My opinion is this:

1.  For a younger guy with a decent endothelium, go for the Mediterranean Diet, because it is so pro-testosterone and has done very well in the studies in many categories.

2.  For a middle-aged or beyond guy, esp. those on HRT, with arteriosclerosis and a damaged endothelium, try the Low Fat Diet, at least for awhile to get those arterial walls back in shape.   However, monitor your testosterone to make sure all is well.  (A few studies have shown that lower fat could lower testosterone somewhat).

Personally, I am a Low Fat Diet aficianado. It's the only way I feel good.  But I admit everyone is different and you have to try things out for yourself.  Of course, talk to your physician as well.
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« Reply #24 on: January 29, 2012, 12:24:56 am »
I`ve got my results back from the blood tests that have been done. Prostate and blood sugar levels were fine according to the doctor. Don`t know what the figures were though. Testosterone was 14.  I guess we use different units over here. What does that convert to? I`m only really familiar with the units Peak T uses. How dangerous is that level?

Anyway, he said phsically everything is fine, so I mentioned how the nurse was concerned about the pale shade of my blood, and my concern with anemia, so he requested me to have a `full blood count` test and a `thyroid function test.`

He has also referred me to a urologist which I am pleased about. I did find it interesting though, that my doctor told me usually most people in my shoes would be be dismissed and sent away. He said though, that he knew I wouldn`t stand for that, so the urologist is the way forward. I think he knew that as I went armed with information from this site, so thanks Peak T and everyone.

The doctor also reckons not ejaculating for 4 weeks wil help. I`m not so sure about this. Any ideas?
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« Reply #25 on: January 29, 2012, 01:03:22 am »
Just got a sec here.  29.4 is probably the conversion factor.  Look here on this link:

http://www.peaktestosterone.com/Testosterone_Levels_Male

I don't know where your doc is coming from as far as the four week "fast".  My comment is this:  if you're not getting morning erections, then to me that is risky for your penile health.

Also, if I remember right, you are a pretty young guy, so that's a little on the low side as far as averages are concerned.  But a) you really don't want to go by one read, b) you need the read to be in the morning and c) you may be able to boost that a little to get it into positive territory.  Talk to your doc about any concerns here.
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« Reply #26 on: January 30, 2012, 04:27:58 pm »
Hi,

That would give me a total testosterone level of 412, which isn`t too far off what I was expecting. I always knew it wouldn`t be optimal but also knew it wouldn`t be in dangerous territory. It was early afternoon when I had the test done so my levels may be a bit higher. I wasn`t aware of the time of day the test should be done.

This has got me thinking, I certainly will keep trying to improve my T levels, including discussing possible varicocele surgery with my urologist (not sure this will happen though as it`s apparently a small varicocele and my GP didnt seem concerned too much)

...But where does my ED/lack of morning erection problem stem from? I`m thinking maybe it`s estrogen related, maybe a lack of free testosterone?

I am slightly overweight, (5`11" and 13 1/2 stone, but with decent amount of muscle) and I will be looking more into reducing estrogen over the next 3 weeks, before my appointment with the urologist. This will include losing body fat, and stopping eating canned food, (something I didn`t realise had an effect) I do eat a fair amount of tomatoes out of cans, as well as beans and other veg, but will stop this now.

Also, although my doctor advised not to ejaculate for 4 weeks he did advise to keep trying to get erections daily.

Any thoughts on this? Could this be estrogen? Lack of free T? Or anything else? I`ll go over my concerns with the urologist for sure

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« Reply #27 on: January 31, 2012, 02:55:59 pm »
Congrats on starting a lot of great changes.  Many guys just do what they want to do and ignore what is happening to them.  You don't want to obsess about things and stress out of course, but you do want to be realistic and begin to address your health.  You're being smart by addressing these issues earlier in your life rather than later.

Morning erections are very testosterone-related.  However, there are certainly other factors as well:

1.  Some middle-aged and senior men will notice that when they take Cialis, which stays in the system about 36 hours, that they have an increase in morning erections or an increase in the rigidity of the morning erections.  Of course, it only makes sense that nitric oxide plays a role.
2.  Venous leakage can cause a decrease in the hardness factor of morning erections. 
3.  I have read physicians online who believe that stress can temporarily decrease the hardness factor of even a young man's morning erections.  The problem should not persist of course in young men.

It usually goes back, especially in the young guys, to all the basics:  exercise (without overtraining), stress management, sleep, a good clean diet with whole foods, weight loss, medications and so on.  And, of course, in your case you need to keep your eye on that testosterone as that is quite low for a young guy like yourself.

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« Reply #28 on: February 02, 2012, 12:40:27 am »
Thanks, I am determined to start being as healthy as possible to get the most out of my life, so it might be a good thing these things have happened to me at a young age. It will teach me a lesson for the rest of my days. :)

I really didn't take much care of myself from age 16-24. Smoked, borderline alcoholic for a few years, crazy binge drinking, eating complete crap... but ironically, never had erection problems then, the most exercise I used to do back then was have sex. I`m sure I damaged my body and I`m starting to repair it, especially my cardiovascular functions.

I really do think some, if not most of my ED boils down to the varicocele, no matter how small the doctor reckons it is, and it certainly doesn't feel small to me!!! Last night , my erection when pretty soft pretty quickly once I felt it. If any one has or has had a varicocele have you also felt the discomfort it causes. I'm not sure its in my head but it definitely does feel like my left testicle is slightly numb, kind of like it has an elastic band around it. I really hope I can get it repaired, as I do feel my problem is mainly physical but also partially (to a lesser extent) psychological. I also think once the physical problems are eradicated the psychological ones will go too.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/06/110616142726.htm

An extract from the above article:

"In the current study, Dr. Goldstein and his colleagues measured the preoperative testosterone levels of 325 men with varicoceles and in 510 men without varicoceles. They found that men at every age with varicoceles had significantly lower testosterone levels (416 vs. 469 ng/dL) than the comparison group. After undergoing microsurgical varicocelectomy, testosterone levels significantly increased in 70 percent of the patients, with a mean increase of 178 ng/dL."

That mean increase - 178  + 411 (my current level) = 589, which is far more healthy and I am sure would erase most if not all of my issues. There is the increase in testosterone I would get, the discomfort would be gone, and my fertility would increase as far as I gather. Then I could boost my T levels even more through natural means.

I do have other concerns and do think taking Roaccutane orally for a few months possibly caused some of these problems. Any thoughts on the possibilities of that?

Supplementing with Vitamin D and Magnesium is something I am starting to do. Taking 2000iu of Vitamin D3 daily, will retest my levels again in the next few weeks. Have been taking Magnesium malate which contains 116.7mg of magnesium and 720mg of malic acid per RDA on the bottle. Don't know anything useful about malic acid and a google search does me no favours. Any ideas? Is it safe?  116mg seems pretty low in magnesium, How much should I be taking for it to be effective and safe? Also, in what form should I take it? I am considering a brand that does magnesium citrate at 200mg per capsule. It seems more effective if I purchased that and took 3-4 capsules daily, as, in the study below they were taking 10mg per kilo of body weight. For me that would be roughly 800mg.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20352370
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« Reply #29 on: February 06, 2012, 03:04:52 pm »
Just one comment:  I hope you're eating a lot of foods that have a lot of magnesium in it.  You want to try to get your magnesium from food sources if possible - food seems to always be better - and then do a little supplementation to play it safe imo.

Btw, a little magnesium in the evening can help with sleep in some people...

And the only thing I know about malic acid is it's use in the nasty sour candy my kids give me sometimes!  Let me know if you find out anything...
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