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    Dr Mercola - Do You Really Need to Take Testosterone

    Below is an excerpt from an article just submitted by the good Dr above which can be googled:
    He seems to change his mind a bit. Thoughts?

    Why I Recommend DHEA Over Testosterone Replacement


    I personally (Dr M) do not use any hormone treatments as I have been able to get my hormone levels within the healthy young adult range using the protocols described above. However, if you choose to use hormones it is really crucial to use bioidentical versions. There are synthetic and bioidentical hormone products out on the market, but I advise using bioidentical hormones like DHEA if you opt for this route. DHEA is a hormone secreted by your adrenal glands. This substance is one of the most abundant precursor hormones in your body. It is crucial for the creation of vital hormones, including testosterone and other sex hormones.

    Prior to puberty, your body produces very little DHEA. Production of this prohormone peaks during your late 20ís or early 30ís. With age, DHEA production begins to decline. The adrenal glands also manufacture the stress hormone cortisol, which is in direct competition with DHEA for production because they use the same hormonal substrate known as pregnenolone. Chronic stress basically causes excessive cortisol levels and impairs DHEA production, which is why stress is another factor for low testosterone levels .

    Itís important not to use any DHEA product without the supervision of a professional. Find a qualified health care provider who will monitor your hormone levels and determine if you actually require supplementation.

    Also, rather than using an oral hormone supplementation, I recommend trans-mucosal (vagina or rectum) application. Skin application may not be wise, as it makes it difficult to measure the dosage you receive. This may cause you to end up receiving more than what your body requires. Applying a trans-mucosal DHEA cream to your rectum (or if you are a woman, your vagina) will allow the mucous epithelial membranes that line your mucosa to perform effective absorption. These membranes regulate absorption and inhibit the production of unwanted metabolites of DHEA. That said, I do NOT recommend prolonged supplementation of hormones, even bioidentical ones. Doing so can trick your body into halting its own DHEA production and may cause your adrenals to become impaired.

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    Trans-mucosal applications! Seriously not happening!
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    my thoughts are the same... if you don't need Rx testosterone then don't use Rx testosterone.

    I have no comment on the anal supplements though... most supplements are shitty enough!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HRTstudent View Post
    my thoughts are the same... if you don't need Rx testosterone then don't use Rx testosterone.

    I have no comment on the anal supplements though... most supplements are shitty enough!
    I get it. Really.
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    Dr. Drink too much jack and Cola.
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