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Old 02-15-2012, 08:00 PM
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Anybody ever heard of this or had any experience with this? Is it worth it? Is it safe? I asked the doctor if it was safe and he was like "Oh yeah, perfectly safe, hardly any side effects", but then I looked it up online and I'm seeing side effects like liver damage, prostate cancer, balding, testicular shrinkage, etc. Doesn't exactly sound safe to me, especially if I'm going to have to be on it for the rest of my life, but the doc says it will help me start gaining all the weight and muscle back that I've been losing plus strengthen my bones.

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I've heard that taking testosterone supplementation can lead to your body deciding that it doesn't need to make any more, leading you to take more and more supplementation as your body stops producing. Is your diet meat-deficient? What's your workout like? Higher bodyfat usually leads to lower testosterone, as well.
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Something else might be wrong with you, and this "solution" will only make you ignore the real problem, which priobably isn't going away.

I don't know what the real problem is, though. Diet, sleep, environment, etc.

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I've heard that taking testosterone supplementation can lead to your body deciding that it doesn't need to make any more, leading you to take more and more supplementation as your body stops producing. Is your diet meat-deficient? What's your workout like? Higher bodyfat usually leads to lower testosterone, as well.
From what I understand the problem is that my body has already decided it doesn't need to make any more testosterone. And my body fat definitely isn't a problem as I'm almost a skeleton.

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Something else might be wrong with you, and this "solution" will only make you ignore the real problem, which priobably isn't going away.

I don't know what the real problem is, though. Diet, sleep, environment, etc.
I definitely get enough sleep and eat enough food. I've been on a pescatarian diet for years before I started having problems, so most of my protein comes from fish and dairy with a little supplementation from chia and hemp seeds. I work out enough too. Lift weights 4-5 times a week. Pushups and pull-ups everyday, and I bike everyday.

I think this might be the "real problem". I've been going to doctors and specialists since 2008 for these problems I've been having (weight and muscle loss, anemia, high cholesterol, fatigue, etc.) and the doctors seem to have ruled everything out. Up until know they have been treating me symptomatically with things like vitamin and mineral supplements, cholesterol drugs, and appetite stimulants (although all those did was make me gain fat until I came off them and then I lost all the weight I gained).

The endocrinologist did say environmental factors might be a cause, but they are all things I can't change (prior exposure to depleted uranium, halon, burn pits, trash fires, etc.).
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What were you doing that gave you prior exposure to depleted uranium?
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What were you doing that gave you prior exposure to depleted uranium?
Calling in A10's danger close and standing down range from the 25 mike mike of a Bradley. When those rounds hit they kick up a ton of dust, part of which is from the depleted uranium round. I tested positive for the stuff in my body.
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Calling in A10's danger close and standing down range from the 25 mike mike of a Bradley. When those rounds hit they kick up a ton of dust, part of which is from the depleted uranium round. I tested positive for the stuff in my body.
That ****ing sucks. The negative side effects relate mainly to high doses, ramp up the dose slowly until you symptoms subside.
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That ****ing sucks. The negative side effects relate mainly to high doses, ramp up the dose slowly until you symptoms subside.
I don't think I'm going to have much control over the dosages. They will be monitoring my testosterone levels every couple of months to make sure that I'm in the normal range and titrating accordingly if I go along with this.
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Is the no-red meat diet a moral thing?
No. I love red meat. I would kill for a good burger or steak (and I occasionally do eat a burger or steak every year or so), but my cholesterol is so bad I've got to stay on the fish and veggies diet. The doctors have told me that the testosterone deficiency could be causing the cholesterol problems though, so maybe if I do this testosterone replacement therapy I will be able to eat red meat again.
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