Replacing Hormones to Optimal Levels
I’ve been experimenting with exogenous testosterone for over 15 years. At almost 73 I have been able to build and keep muscle. I eat a diet high in protein, lower in carbs and healthy fats. I take digestive enzymes, and a cupboard full of supplements for anti-aging and to lower inflammation. I believe we need to challenge our bodies to move and to use resistance training to keep muscle as we add years. This helps with keeping good bone density and building a healthy vascular system to help sustain new muscle tissue. The body is an amazing machine if we challenge it to perform and give it the nutrition to support that effort.
Wow. You are an inspiration Sharon! I am 56 yr old male started on exogenous testosterone 5 yrs ago, agree with your muscle building/health/longevity philosophy completely. I am a strict ketogenic (only plant fats), and one meal a day feeding. I have become super lean and muscular, don’t recognize myself. I do daily 30 mins intense resistance exercise and another 30 mins cardio. What is your exercise routine, and how long have you been doing this regiment? I take a whole stack of anti inflammation supplements and recently started weekly Rapamycin. Go girl!
Hello Mac....Wow..one meal a day and only plants. I’m amazed you are able to build muscle with so little protein, carbs, and calories and maintain a daily 1 hour exercise routine. I train 5-6 days a week for an hour and only work one body part. So each day is devoted to an individual muscle group, back, chest, shoulders, hammys, quads, arms. I don’t do much cardio because I lose muscle too quickly. I work out in a cardio intensive cadence so I move quickly through each set. I train heavy for most body parts except shoulders where I do higher reps less weight. I train in the 12 rep range. I’ve been training hard since I was in my late 50’s so my body is used to the intensity and responds well. I have noticed my recuperation isn’t has quick and it used to be. I would like to try Rapamycin. I need to read more blogs on its use. Thank you for your support!!! I believe we have to challenge our limits!!!!
I am a 51 year old woman currently on estrogen and progesterone, dhea and prognelenone. I also take Rapamycin weekly and low dosage of metformin.
I am starting on cysteine and glyceine as well as monthly fisetin next week.
I work out 5-6 days a week. I run a few times per week and do dance/ pilates types of workouts. I use light weight Recently I'm having a hard time with keeping my thighs toned as well as my stomach area. There is muscle but it is as though it was wrapped in loosey goosey skin.
Should I add on testosterone or anything else to combat that and get real tone back?
Hello Loo. Most doctors will look at your labs and tell you you’re in the normal range for a female your age. I don’t want to be normal...I want to be “optimal”. Most doctors don’t know what that looks like. And most doctors won’t prescribe testosterone in a therapeutic enough dose for women. DHEA will help some in raising test levels but I find it’s not enough. I’ve been taking 50 MG each of DHEA and Keto DHEA which doesn’t metabolize into estrogen. You might start with upping your DHEA. You can talk to your doctor about test but they will probably say you don’t need it. I like my blood levels near 100-150..and doctors like to see them in the 40-50 range. Of course, talk to your doctor but along with estrogen and progesterone, we also need an optimum level of test to help build and keep muscle as we age and help lower body fat. I’ve not tried Rapamycin but I think I may add that to my regime.
Sharon Smith - Impressive results! Thanks for sharing your experience with exogenous testosterone.
I have a few questions - if you don't mind me asking.
1) Regarding the testosterone - how do you take it (injection/patch) and what's your weekly dose?
2) Were you able to find a doctor to work with for the testosterone, or was it a case of learning to manage yourself?
3) What were your ferritin levels last time you got bloods?