one of those "testosterone precursors." Ads
for such products promise to turn you into a massive bodybuilder
with the strength of Hercules and all the sexual stamina of
the top ranked adult film star. Is testosterone truly
responsible for muscle size, strength, and sex drive?
Absolutely. Does that mean randomly messing with your
own hormonal levels is going to bring you sex, strength, and
happiness? You'd better think twice before buying into
the hype the ads throw your way.
I think the most
elegant example of the unpredictable outcome of hormonal manipulation
is the number of male competitive and pro bodybuilders who
have experienced bouts with gynecomastia. If that term
is unfamiliar to you, the gym rats who are familiar with steroid
use and potential side effects have developed the term "bitch
tits." Males, by using chemical enhancement (steroids)
to increase muscle and strength, wind up consulting with cosmetic
surgeons to have FEMALE BREAST TISSUE surgically removed!
you start at the top with DHEA, or you interfere further along
the hormonal cascade, hormones are inter-related, and when
you mess around with one, you can't help but affect others.
The body has several mechanisms of balancing testosterone
and estrogen, and when testosterone is increased through supraphysiological
dosages, the estrogen response is usually significant.
It is quite possible, as illustrated by the use of the new
OTC precursors, to alter hormonal levels without affecting
those positive attributes users desire. Throw your serum
testosterone levels out of balance and you can expect acne,
increased onset of male pattern baldness, aggressiveness,
moodiness, and unpredictable sexual response, but the muscle
growth attributed to steroids has not been attained, despite
the hype, with DHEA, androstene and their hormonal cousins.
I'd urge you to avoid the precursors. After working
with thousands of users, I have never once seen a single one
achieve the true benefit they were hoping for, and I have
met many who were visiting cosmetic surgeons . . . and even
worse . . . searching for Viagra prescriptions.
The good news
is, with a supportive grip on your nutrition and exercise,
it is quite possible to increase endogenous testosterone production
in a manner that offers the muscle building benefit without
any potential side effects.
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