THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE DON’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ ON T BOOSTER
You might think you know all about testosterone and t boosters. Most likely, not. Pretty sure of it. If you’re pretty sure we’re wrong, challenge on.
Gotta have it. It’s a guy thing. Big muscles and all that. Well, that’s part of it. A tiny part. Testosterone belongs to a class of male hormones called androgens, which are sometimes called steroids or anabolic steroids. In men, testosterone is produced mainly in the testes, with a small amount made in the adrenal glands. The brain’s hypothalamus and pituitary gland control testosterone production. The hypothalamus instructs the pituitary gland on how much testosterone to produce, and the pituitary gland passes the message on to the testes. These communications happen through chemicals and hormones in the bloodstream.
QUICK. NAME AT LEAST 10 THINGS IT DOES
- Testosterone is involved in the development of male sex organs before birth
- It’s responsible for the development of secondary sex characteristics at puberty, such as voice deepening, increased penis size, and testes size
- It’s why men have Adam’s apples
- It’s why men develop more “masculine” features like bulging muscles, broad shoulders, and a hairy chest
- It plays a role in sperm production
- It also plays a major role in regulating and controlling mood and memory
- And energy
- And fat distribution
- And bone health
- Oh, and lest we forget, sex. Testosterone builds big libidos.
WHAT’S YOUR LOWDOWN ON LOW T?
While you’re thinking, we’ll go first. Without enough testosterone, all the good things it can do, can go south. And Low T isn’t just an age thing. Like older age. Nope. A man’s testosterone levels start to decline gradually after the age of 30. And actually, there is a trend towards that number being even lower.
OK, ANOTHER DEFINITION; ANABOLIC STEROIDS
Anabolic steroids are synthetic variations of testosterone. Synthetic. Like man-made. Like not real. Or natural. The proper term is anabolic-androgenic steroids. “Anabolic” refers to muscle building, and “androgenic” refers to increased male sex characteristics. Some of the most common anabolic steroids taken today: anadrol, oxandrin, dianabol, winstrol, deca-durabolin, and equipoise. Street names include arnolds, gym candy, pumpers, roids, stackers, weight trainers, and juice.
ON TO T BOOSTERS. WHAT’S OUT THERE? WHAT’S IN THEM? WHERE DO THEY COME FROM?
All right, a lot of questions here. But the point is, there are a lot of questions swirling around the whole hunt for the perfect boost. Googling anabolic steroids” yields more than 2.8 million hits, as well as featured advertisements including one offering customers the chance to “breakthrough your natural limitations, and build a freaky, extremely muscular physique”. Manufacturing t boosters are big business; Russia, Poland, Turkey, Egypt, Pakistan, Thailand, India and even Korea. They’re all making them and selling them here under any name they choose. Using any ingredients they choose. What you read on the labels is whatever they want you to. In some cases, complete fiction. Sometimes, you have no idea what you’re getting. They make promises. In nearly all cases, none of them deliver on their claims.
ON TO THE “BAD” PART
Using OTC testosterone supplements regularly can cause your body to build a tolerance to them which over time, can cause your body to stop producing testosterone on its own. Finito. And side effects? Are you sitting? Maybe you want to put those weights down. Shrunken testicles, hair loss, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, low sperm count, cardiovascular issues, liver disease, osteoporosis, sleep apnea…we could go on…
JUST FOR SPORT
T Boosters’ potential as a performance-enhancing drug started in the mid-1930s and expanded in the 1950s and 1960s. It has been banned from Olympic competition since 1976, and was classified in the United States as a controlled substance by the Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 1990. Olympic runner Shelby Houlihan was banned from the sport for four years following a positive test for anabolic steroids that she attributes to eating a pork burrito. In 2000, a German runner named Dieter Baumann unsuccessfully attempted to blame his positive test on spiked toothpaste, which caused him to miss the Sydney Olympics. Busted.
LET’S GET REAL, HERE
What you really need to give you a healthy testosterone boost is SculptedMD. Low T isn’t a temporary thing that will go away. And T boosters can’t permanently raise or more importantly, maintain your testosterone levels. Seeking out the best hormone health specialists like SculptedMD is the smart way to fully understand your symptoms and find meaningful relief. The hormone specialists at SculptedMD undergo extensive training to accurately diagnose hormonal imbalances and provide you with the best and safest treatment possible. Moreover, they understand the difficulties you may have in talking about your symptoms and offer compassionate, non-judgmental care. If your testosterone levels are confirmed to be low via hormone testing, and you are a good candidate for bioidentical testosterone therapy, they’ll discuss your options and help you find a treatment plan that fits your condition and lifestyle.
Now is that a lift, or what?