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I think this comes down to the individual. Is 1,000 ng/dL average TT abuse, some would say so, but I am comfortable with it.

Like readalot (and the supreme court) said, you know it when you see it. I’ve seen it plenty, and have encouraged change in behavior (actually successfully). A gym buddy of mine cruised on 300 Test, and 700 EQ a week for years (he told me for blasting he just took a vial of Test E 250 a week, and added in other stuff on top), never got blood work or medical screenings (this guy performs minor surgeries on himself, because he hates doctors). After talking with him, I couldn’t get him to go to the doctor or get blood work, but he is down to 400 mg/wk of Test, and doesn’t plan on blasting anymore. He is still abusing, but it’s an improvement. Harm reduction. I knew that convincing him to do TRT doses wasn’t going to happen, but I thought there was a chance he would buy into 400 mg/wk and being able to keep his gains. He looks about the same on the current protocol.

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Ahem…that’s tareload. I can see how you would get them confused though.

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That reminds me, there’s another huge inequity between the US and other parts of the world…access to legal Rx AAS (assured potency and purity) for those with the money.

With FDA coming after compounded androgens (with NASEM stamp of approval) the funny part is in the not too distant future you won’t be able to get your hands on compounded Test but you will still be able to get compounded stanozolol, oxandrolone, and nandrolone (at least in Phase 1 of the crackdown).

$500 bottle of Depot Testosterone coming soon :slight_smile: Sad part is ladies will really be affected as they will lose access to compounded T cream.

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Having lived through 7 decades we have come a long ways. I recall when no one had low testosterone. No one complained about low T. No one got treatment for low T.

Now it seems half the male population has low T. I have heard it said that more (%) men have low T now, than the 1960’s and ‘70’s. Is this more awareness driven or actual testosterone drop?

What will it be in another couple decades?

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Perhaps it can simply be observed via the near-total feminization of most men (joking, kind of).

It does raise a good point though - perhaps TT% hasn’t lowered and simply the ability to observe these metrics has improved enough to display this as a trend.

Promising but some won’t like nasal gel application.

I would say primarily awareness but partially a decline. The TRT guys love to refer to a specific study that shows generational decline in TT amongst men. Fairly significant decline too. IMO its a flawed study. I will see if I can find it or link you up to the debate over this when I have time.

Keep in mind too, obesity is rampant. Way more so than it was over two decades ago. The average large male tshirt from the 70s/80s is now akin to a small. Obesity plays a large role in reduced TT numbers.

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https://academic.oup.com/jcem/article/92/1/196/2598434?login=true

Doesn’t exactly call for this type of treatment though, does it? :slight_smile:

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You should show up at the gym with a 17 foot log and tell Caber-Kid he owes you $200.

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It’s awareness driven, potential and decline driven.

  1. When you went to the doctor 30 years ago feeling like shit, the doctor would have given you an SSRI. If you are going now, they’ll look at testosterone levels and may find levels 2 standard deviations lower than “normal”.

  2. When you went to the doctor 30 years ago feeling like shit, no doctor would have told you you can feel like you’re 20 again. Now some are selling that idea and this idea can also be found online easily.

  3. When testosterone levels in the general population decline on average by 5% in a decade, look how the bell curve moves and how many people now find themselves below the reference range compared to before. It easily doubles or triples patient numbers every decade in this scenario.

Addendum point 3: testosterone levels in men in nmol/L.

  1. Graph shows the baseline of the example above. 2.2% of the population would be classified as low T.

  1. Graph shows the state after a decade. 3.4% would be classified as low T. That’s 54% more patients in a decade. Do it again and see what happens, it will at first grow near exponentially.

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This has been on my mind lately as well. Started AAS at 26 and did a lot of shots in my quads with 21-23g needles. I have two large sections of scar tissue in both legs now, really bothers me. So I use 25-27g needles in delts for TRT and I don’t have any tissue build up yet, but I’m concerned it’s going to be a problem down the road

This is why it makes a little more sense to inject SubQ but i’ve heard release is inconsistent that way :man_shrugging:

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I’d guess our natural release of testosterone is fairly inconsistent even everything is working like new.

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Is the mean change from 18.0 to 17.1 a decade later, the same men 10 years later?
Or the same age men from two different decades?

How was the standard deviation of “5” determined?That seems highly convenient from measured data. Like too nice to be true.

Or, might you have been demonstrating how a shift in the mean of a normal distribution curve affects percentage at any particular Z-score on a flexed specification of low T value.

My example says it’s men the same age a decade later. (What the studies show)

I looked at a few studies determining healthy testosterone levels in men. All numbers are accurate in the example besides the 5% drop off per decade. The papers I’ve seen say it’s a bigger drop off or around that number or slightly less. Depends on where you’re looking it up.

That was the point exactly. Still, the numbers are largely correct.

I thought I’d post it here since it is somewhat related.

Some of you may have seen this new T-nation article.

It claims there’s profound benefits to low dose cycling. It says that people say there are less side effects while a study shows there are serious gains. The article ends with the statement that natural and even mild cycling is a big difference.

I beg to differ with all of those claims.

  1. The study did not use experienced trainees. It’s absolutely clear that the results are staggering if you compare a noob+roids and a newbie-roids.

  2. There are no serious gains without serious side effects.

  3. Natural and mild cycling might be a difference in some performance aspects but from a pure muscular development standpoint you wont be getting much over your Natural Limit by cycling 300 mg Test per week. Granted the difference might be noticeable when cruising on 300 mg.

@tareload s alter ego can speak to 2

@mnben87 can speak to 3

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The article also points to guys on low dosages too gain 10 lbs in weeks making it sound like muscle.

I think the article is misleading in a few ways.

And I agree a 300 mg of test cycle in an advanced lifter isn’t going to do much. Consistently I’ve seen this. They guys who really get anything out of gear seem to use a lot of it. Yeah, 300 mg cruise for a year will be a difference.

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I have to agree with @mnben87 . From what I’ve seen, the more experienced a natural lifter is, the more gear they’ll have to run to get any real effect from it.

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Good point. The one study everyone references when advocating for whatever test dose they think is best is that any amount will build muscle, but they don’t go into the side effects of even a “mild” 300mg cycle. Yeah you’ll get muscle, but are the risk really that much less than 600mg?

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Thanks for posting.

I dont think that dude is coming back…

I am excluding TRT in below.

These dudes had some experience and were rated as having about 3 RT sessions per week over last 12 months.

I read the whole article and conclude the trainees are all weak as hell and should not be on any AAS at all at 25 years old. Why in the world would you be on AAS cycle or start AAS cycle with a 100 to 120 kg bench at 25 years old?

Here is an approach that will save you 6 weeks on AAS and claim 300 lb “bench” to your Insta**** buddies:

Also, is this child abuse? Discuss? Props though as she is stronger than our trainees in the paper :grinning:

300 mg/week of T for 6 weeks and all i got was 20 lb on my bench and 9 lb of water weight. I want my money back.

So what do these guys do now? Go back off? If yes, then what was the point?

Hope the article doesnt give ammo for young dummy to go run a cycle. What do you do after cycle? Post to TNation and ask for PCT info?

Cue the discussion on safe methods.