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Offline johndoo

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« on: Tue Oct 28, 2014 - 20:32:51 »
So I was reading on this topic ( natural ways to raise your testosterone level) and it gave the standard advice of losing fat, exercise, healthy fats in the diet and sleep.
It mentioned some herbs which I wasn't interested in.
 It discussed ways to decrease your cortisol (stress hormone0 which was interesting and I went to other sources to read more about that.
But the most interesting was new research that shows vitamin D raises testosterone.  In the study, men were given about 3500 IU of Vit D3.
So I've started the Vit D supplementation.  Not sure how long it may take to see a change, but I would suspect that it would be very slow over 2-3 months.
Anybody know about this or interested in this topic?

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« Reply #1 on: Wed Oct 29, 2014 - 19:02:34 »
Actually, this is not new information.  My wife and I both are in the medical field.  We see patients daily with Low-T.  In 99.9% of patients over the last 20 years, each of them with Low-T have had low Vit D as well.  Usually they are started on 50,000IU x3 days/week and some type of therapy if the T is below the standard acceptable range.  As each of these men's T levels rose, so too did their Vit D levels.  As the T levels would drop, so too would the Vit D levels.  Sometimes, we complicate science by extended research when research is really not needed.  Others in the medical field have seen this same issue over many years as well.  The research should not be does Vit D levels drop with T levels, it should be done on what the correlation between the two dropping simultaneously.  Hope this helps you in some way :)

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« Reply #2 on: Sat Nov 01, 2014 - 05:16:05 »
Well, I had one comment about exercise. Weightlifting raises testosterone. Cardio does not (if anything, makes it worse).

Lift heavy weights, like squatting and deadlifts for best results. ;-)

Another tip I've heard is to hang around guy friends more.

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Re: testosterone
« Reply #3 on: Tue Nov 04, 2014 - 18:09:20 »
Interesting.  I supplement vitamin D during the winter months (since I don't get enough sunlight), and I've noticed that it definitely seems to make me more aggressive and energetic.

The FDA upper limit for supplementing Vitamin D is only 4,000iu.  50,000iu seems a little out of bounds.

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Re: testosterone
« Reply #4 on: Fri Jan 02, 2015 - 17:15:09 »
Johndoo, it has been a couple of months. Did you notice any changes? I was also curious as to why you are trying to raise your T? Have you been diagnosed with low T by your doctor?

Cally was right about the heavy weights I just wanted to add that your T levels are the highest in the morning and taper off during the day. I read that if you do your weight lifting in the morning it will help maintain higher T levels through out the day. Like cally said, I also read that cardio lowers T as well as eating soy products and using tea tree oil products.

One thing I like to do to save time and really push myself is set the treadmill to a steep incline and then set it at a nice hiking pace, not fast but not slow, and then lift some dumb bells while you're on the treadmill. Not too heavy, something you can do 15-20 reps with every min while your on the treadmill for 10 min. I feel that it is a good mix of resistance exercise that incorporates some cardio as well so all in all you are building some good lean muscle and losing fat.

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Re: testosterone
« Reply #5 on: Fri Jan 02, 2015 - 18:37:21 »
No lab results to guide me.
Just how I feel.
I did think there was a subtle improvement when I started the supplementation but really not much change with time.
I'm tempted to ask for serum vitamin D levels.
 

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Re: testosterone
« Reply #6 on: Fri Jan 02, 2015 - 23:06:54 »
Hi, Just thought that I'd share that the T levels going up when Dis raised and visa versa could be an indirect relational reaction. The T and D could be affecting another organ/process of the body which ultimately affects the other one, but there could be other things going on simultaneously which could be damaging. Be careful and I would ask my doctor's advise.

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Re: testosterone
« Reply #7 on: Sun Jan 18, 2015 - 09:59:44 »
I found this article informative, and he supplements practical experience and results.  From there, I went on to related reading more medically inclined:
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« Reply #8 on: Sun Jan 18, 2015 - 12:42:18 »
eph 5-23 For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for it.

What does that have to do with raising T levels?

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Re: testosterone
« Reply #9 on: Sun Jan 18, 2015 - 20:36:33 »
Other hormones can also affect mood and libido other than testosterone.


A full blood analysis should be done before taking any action or diagnosis.


Thyroid functions especially should be looked at.   They can mimic low t.

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Re: testosterone
« Reply #10 on: Fri Nov 06, 2015 - 18:19:28 »
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Re: testosterone
« Reply #11 on: Thu Nov 26, 2015 - 05:47:02 »
I tried ZMA (zinc) a few years ago.
The dreams were quite a trip!