However, in supraphysiologic doses this is true. If you don't want to use doses which are supra-physiologic, you would be happy with androderm, or test enthanate 100mg every 2 weeks.
You could. Here's the problem. Then endocrine system is pretty smart. It shuts down it's own hormone production once it determines there is enough of it in the system. You start taking exogenous test, your endogenous test production goes down...pretty quickly. What's the point, unless you go supraphysiologic...that's where you get the "good" effects.
Yeah, I would expect that. If you are in your 40's and not using AAS in high-dose cycles for months or years, you won't get premature coronary disease. As for you lipids, the effects of elevated lipids are cumulative. Let's say you are on AAS 6 mos of the year with an everage total cholsterol of 300 with bad HDL to LDL ratios. The other 6 mos, you have good cholesterol...say 210 with good ratios. You are still doing damage to your vessels.
The thing that will keep most docs from prescribing AAS is that fact that they are Schedule 2, and there is no indication for muscle building. The legal implications for me are huge. I have $200K in med school debt, and I can't afford to lose my license. The side effects are there, although people who use AAS tend to minimize or rationalize them.
I have some patients on the gear, I monitor their blood, tell them when I think they are using way too much. They rarely listen. I see the guys with the elevated liver functions, explain that this comes from one thing....liver cell damage. I see their blood pressure rise, their cholesterol get horrible. I think you can probably use AAS safely in controlled conditions. Unfortunately, the controlled conditions are often hard to come by, and the people using them are often deaf to advice you give them.