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The Testosterone Cycle

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TESTOSTERONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY TO TREAT LOW T.

Testosterone levels decrease on average one percent a year in men after age 30. But there is a large variation in the rate of decrease as well as when it occurs. The situation is nothing like menopause in women whose levels drop over a short period of time.

Testosterone is important for muscle mass and to prevent the build up of fat. It affects the brain, not just in producing libido (sex drive) but also T is a factor in mental perception. It is important in maintaining bone density and low T can produce osteoporosis (low calcium in bones increasing the risk of fracture).  The blood vessels in the penis are somewhat testosterone dependent, just like the blood vessels around the urethra in women are dependent on estrogen.

The first step in treating erectile dysfunction ED is to check testosterone levels and high cholesterol can be a gauge that testosterone levels are low.

The Testosterone Cycle

Testosterone in high doses can spike blood levels resulting in testosterone being converted into estrogen This not only causes loss of energy, weight gain, fatigue and difficulty adding lean muscle to your body, but it also leads to what is called estrogen dominance, which make you more vulnerable to a whole host of other problems including cancer.

What speeds up the conversion process for both men and women is the activation of an enzyme called aromatase. Too much of this enzyme and you convert more of your testosterone into estrogen for both men and women.

By using daily small amounts of testosterone gel (Androforte) it is very rare to see this conversion to DHT and this is the ultimate goal in TRT.

Propecia (finasteride 1 mg) prevents the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT).  DHT causes balding and also causes prostate enlargement.

Arimidex is also an aromatase inhibitor as is Aromasin and Femara; however Tamoxifen is the only medication that has been proven to reduce fatty deposits in man boobs.

Zinc can also prevent the conversion of testosterone to estrogen.

Snacks or meals that are loaded with carbohydrates, especially carbohydrates from refined, processed white flour and sugar can cause the biggest surge in aromatase. Therefore, one of the last things you want to be eating especially at night is high carbohydrate meals. This will trigger the greatest conversion of your testosterone into estrogen.

If that’s you, look at your diet. Do you eat too many high carbohydrate meals or snacks? Do you have a sweet tooth at the end of the day? If so, make some changes to your diet. Cut out all the late night snacks and treats.

A simple test you can do at home to check their zinc status is a zinc ‘taste-test’  It quickly and cheaply determines if you’re low on zinc, which is an excellent indication in helping to verify if you are converting your testosterone or not making enough of it.

One key function of zinc besides the need for a strong immune and reproductive system is the importance of keeping that aromatase enzyme at bay. A few herbs such as: saw palmetto, pumpkin seeds and nettles are full of zinc and help keep your aromatase levels in their normal range.

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Related Articles & Comments

  • One basic issue with male aging has to do with the enzyme that converts testosterone into estrogen. This enzyme is called “aromatase,” and its levels and activity increase with men in age. Increased aromatase activity has been associated with abdominal obesity and generalized inflammation. These are components of the metabolic syndrome. The phenomenon of increased aromatase activity, seen mainly in fat tissue, is the primary reason for loss of a testosterone-dominant hormonal balance with advancing age. Aromatase enzyme levels and activity are linked to chronic inflammation obesity, and diabetes. This change, together with a fall in testosterone levels, has been called “andropause.” A critical difference between andropause and menopause is that andropause is characterized by estrogen excess, rather than estrogen deficiency.

    Diindolylmethane, also commonly known as DIM helps to eliminate active estrogen by promoting its conversion to the good estrogen metabolites. Then, these estrogen metabolites, which have a great attraction to the SHBGs that bind up testosterone, help bump testosterone off those proteins, freeing it.

    In addition to muscular development, enhanced free testosterone levels, along with DIM, can improve mood, fight depression, and support memory. Other benefits of free testosterone and a greater testosterone-to-estrogen ration include more interest in sex, longer-lasting erections, and improved cardiovascular health.

    DIM can further help reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, improve prostate health, and help guard against prostate enlargement, a condition known as benign prostatic hypertrophy. Research has shown that un-metabolized estrogen accumulates in prostate tissue in men as they get older. Exposure of human prostate tissue to un-metabolized estrogen in the laboratory did indeed result in activation and increased production of prostate-specific antigen protein (PSA). Recent studies have also shown that estradiol, the active form of estrogen, causes the prostate to increase its production of PSA.
    DIM directly slows the production of PSA by prostate cells, independent of its effects on estrogen metabolism.

    The risk of early heart attack associated with higher estrogen levels has been documented in several large studies, including the famous Framingham Study in the United States. In this study, men with the highest estrogen levels had the greatest risk of heart attack at a younger age. More recently, a population study of elderly men showed that higher estradiol levels were associated with greater risks of strokes.

    In recent experiments, the good estrogen metabolites promoted by DIM also have been shown to prevent the oxidation of the special proteins called lipoprotein, which are needed to carry fat in the blood. These proteins are known as the “good” and “bad” cholesterol and are commonly measured in blood tests. They must be protected from oxidation to prevent them from starting the process of atherosclerosis, leading to heart disease. Protection of lipoproteins from oxidation by the 2-hydroxy, good estrogen metabolites is an exciting discovery, since it may explain how estrogen protects against atherosclerosis.

    Excess estrogen in men can lead to significant health problems, such as prostate enlargement and breast development. An excess of estrogen can also cut into the effectiveness of a workout program by lessening the action of testosterone. In scientific studies, high
    testosterone-to-estrogen ratios have been linked to lean body mass, a fat-burning metabolism, and low abdominal obesity.

    The 2-hydroxy metabolites of estrogen promoted by DIM are the only hormone metabolites known to increase levels of the free form of testosterone. Higher 2-hydroxy levels provide the best balance for response to testosterone, in men or women.

    DIM assists in the conversion of estrogen to good estrogen metabolites, protects stressed muscle cells and allows more efficient repair and growth. The good estrogen metabolites explain why female athletes usually experience less muscle damage than men for a given workload.

    DIM may allow estrogen metabolites in bodybuilding men to protect muscles from exercise- induced damage, resulting in less inflammation, less pain, and more rapid progress.

    DIM can be of great value due to its recently discovered anti-inflammatory activity. This relates to activation by DIM of a class of receptors known as the “peroxisome proliferator activated receptors” (PPARs). Activating the PPAR gamma by DIM helps reduce inflammation and maintain insulin sensitivity. Peroxisomes are specialized structures within cells that burn fat and produce heat.
    The usual dose of bioavailable, microencapsulated DIM for women is 100 to 200 mg per day taken with food. Postmenopausal women sometimes take just 50 or 75 mg per day. Typical doses for premenopausal women with symptoms of estrogen dominance, which include breast pain, painful periods, excessive periods, and PMS, are from 150 to 300 mg per day.

    The usual dose of bioavailable, microencapsulated DIM for men is 200 to 400 mg per day taken with food. For men involved in a plan of physical conditioning, the dose of bioavailable, microencapsulated DIM should be between 150 and 400 mg per day. Men on testosterone replacement therapy need less microencapsulated DIM, typically using only 50 to 75 mg per day.

    In men, use of absorbable DIM is best combined with prostate health supplements containing saw palmetto extract, extract from the African prune (Urtica dioica), and zinc. DIM prevents unwanted estrogen stimulation, and saw palmetto limits the unwanted effects of testosterone.

    And finally use your testosterone cream with care, always following the included instructions or those as prescribed by your physician. Remember that if a little is good, more IS NOT BETTER. In fact, I strongly suggest less for the first 90 days using only one prescribed dose every other day, and then having a complete male hormone blood panel drawn to see how things look and to further consult with your healthcare practitioner before going on a daily use schedule.

    ‘WHO IS HAPPY?’
    —-HE WHO IS SATISFIED WITH WHAT HE HAS

    Dr. Edward J.W.Pollak

    Dr. Edward J.W.Pollak 7 July, 2013 11:03 AM Reply
  • That seems like good information on Testosterone. You or Michael Buckley had a newsletter reference to Dr. Abraham Morgentaler MD, who I’ve found particularly valuable concerning the weak “evidence” linking T. and prostate cancer. I’d like to recommend Dr. Michael Shippen’s book Testosterone Syndrome (1998, but still good.) He discusses the vicious cycle of Estrogen Dominance in which excess body-fat increases estrogen levels which increase body-fat, and how that relates to T. supplementation. In addition to losing weight, take zinc and steaming more broccoli (the nutritional King of Vegetables), I’ve found his advice to eat more soy products useful (in my case, tofu.) Some question why a man should eat a food (soy) that contains weak plant estrogens, but these phyto-estrogens can occupy estrogen receptor sites, blocking the absorption of much stronger human estrogens present from aromatization and elsewhere.. Although he clinically uses T. pellet implants, Shippen is also approves of T. creams for the organized personality-type who can maintain a regular treatment schedule and doesn’t doesn’t think “more is better.

    James HArrison 7 July, 2013 12:59 PM Reply
  • Interested but guarded due to less than satisfactory experience with another “supplier”.

    John McDonald 13 July, 2013 7:15 AM Reply

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