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Blood Pressure Increase Expectation with T Injections


#1

Does anyone know what sort of BP increase can be expected for a middle aged man in good health (e.g. 6’, 190 pounds, good health, fit, 120/80 BP)? I’ve been repeatedly told that hemoglobin and BP will increase, though I’m having trouble getting a straight answer on what BP increase to expect. Is it 3%, 5%, 7% or other?

Thanks


#2

Subjective. It also depends on how much you are increasing your test.

For me, the higher I put my test, the higher my Bp would go when the test spiked the next day.

Im on 75mg of Losartan right now, and I keep my test at 900 on trough days.

Some guys seem to have no issues, or even have relief of higher BP. Whatever you do, don’t take Lisinopril. (increases SHBG)


#3

It seems to affect everyone differently. I raised my test by quite a bit, but my blood pressure and hemoglobin remained normal.


#4

This depends on a few factors.

What are your lab results and ranges for those now?

We see that hematocrit, RBC, hemoglobin are depressed with low-T and TRT restores these. So that is not a problem. While that is happening, sometimes BP can go lower because arterial muscle tone can be poor with low T. And estrogen dominance is bad for the arteries and TRT done correctly reverses that.

If blood was thin from low T, more blood needed to be moved to deliver O2 and remove CO2. So pulse can drop.

Magnesium also affects arterial muscle tone. If you get foot/leg cramps or can contract a muscle and have it lock up, you are magnesium deficient.

If low-T makes you moody, bitchy and intolerant, TRT will make you calm and relaxed and BP can be reduced if was increased by those stresses.

So you can see that simple answers are inappropriate and simple non qualified claims are highly suspect.

The idea that TRT causes heart attacks, strokes and high BP is fake news and never had any basis in fact or science. TRT increases quality of life, while decreasing cardiovascular problems. But introduction of TRT too late in life involves damage that is already done.

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