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  1. Resting heart rate of 42? Wow, that's comparable to a world-class triathlete! I guess those 5 km every morning is paying off..congrats on that for sure! Hope you start participating on your thread again; it's been a fun thread to follow.
  2. That's what I've heard. I do a lot of cardio since I'm into cycling yet I've never had an issue with rising hematocrit, and so I'm confused by that. Then again, there's a lot about TRT that I find confusing. That's why I think having a good doctor is so important no matter how much I THINK I know
  3. It may be simplistic but it's fact. It is not a matter of maybe it can happen; it is a metabolic certainty. Google "gluconeogenesis" + "excess protein".
  4. Just to chime in, too much dietary protein will kick you out of ketosis just as surely as too much carbohydrates; the reason is that excess dietary protein is actually converted to blood sugar through gluconeogenesis. If you are in full ketosis, there is actually very little risk of significant muscle loss since high levels of ketones will assure abundant energy for the brain and freed fatty acids will provide abundant energy for other tissues. It's only during the early phase of a fast when ketone bodies have not ramped up sufficiently that you can loose muscle, and since that only last for a few days, whatever actual muscle you loose, even on a prolonged fast (i.e.: 5 days) can be easily be regained within a week of being in the gym after your fast ends. On a shorter fast (i.e.: 72 hours), almost no significant muscle will be lost because autophagy is sparing essential muscle in favor of "junky" protein.
  5. I just moved to Pratumnak (Pattaya) from Chiang Mai and had my first experience with the ChonBuri Immigration office. Man, what a difference! CM IMM could sure learn a few things from them. Crowded as hell but they sure know how to keep things moving smoothly and efficiently, and the officers actually know how to smile and be helpful! I got the impression they actually like us Farangs down here LOL. No need for an private agent or line-sitter here!
  6. HEMATOCRIT...pretty important since it can rise pretty dramatically for some people on TRT and require you to donate blood to get it back down to normal levels.
  7. With all due respect, your advice is a bit flawed. Let me explain. Determining what is a "ideal or optimal" range vs what is the "normal" range are two different things entirely. Normal ranges such as shown in the chart below contain people who are often below optimal ranges. They are based on a simple cross sampling of the population. So, what is a normal value is not the same as what is optimal. Also, TRT does not necessarily put undue strain on liver and kidneys IF it is properly administered and monitored through blood tests. That pretty much makes my point but I want to add details about my own experiences with TRT for anyone that might be interested, so here goes: My Total Testosterone was at 392 ng/dl before treatment which was very low for my age range yet I still had problems getting an MD to put me on TRT. They cited all sort of negative aspects of TRT (which turned out to be mostly unfounded). Finally I found a good MD who understood the difference between "normal" and "optimal, and also understood the efficacy and safety of TRT if it was done properly. After 3 months of TRT I was at around 800 ng/dl. For nine months, my MD had me try different dosages. Over subsequent dosage trials and blood tests, my Total Testosterone ranged from 600 to 1200. Finally we dialed it in at 975 as optimal. That might sound high, but everybody is different. For me, 975 ng/dl felt optimal, and my blood panels have been fine at this level. Still though, monitoring remains important. I was nervous as hell about it initially, considering what I had read about the negative health aspects of TRT (which actually turned out to be fairly unfounded if dosages are not ridiculous, and blood test are done regularly...see below). I also admit that the thought of sticking myself with needles kind of freaked me out (yikes!!!). I think the most important factor that made me proceed with it was that I found a really good doctor that really understood hormone replacement. It's important to realize that most doctors do not understand TRT, and this is especially true of many of the ones who run TRT clinics! Many of them are hucksters!! STAY AWAY FROM THEM! They are only in it for the money. If you turn to YouTube to learn more about TRT, be VERY judicious about the source; there is a lot of dopey content that is not science based at all, especially ones posted by bodybuilders which are usually based on "Bro-science". Find yourself a good MD, and google for trusted academic-based sources of information. I mean, the internet can really be a cess pool LOL!! Here's my personal takeaway on TRT. First of all, it takes time to work and the results are subtle (but noticeably positive). You won't notice any overnight changes. It takes several months before you will notice any significant differences, and in fact, during the first weeks of therapy you may even feel less energetic, more tired, experience some bloating, and a lot of mildly negative effects that can be pretty discouraging, but these negative aspects are only temporary so you just need to suck it up for a while LOL. During this first year of treatment I was fairly sedentary; very little exercise really. I did make a conscious effort to start eating more wisely. My body fat percentage dropped and lean mass increased noticeably (more than my diet would be responsible for, so I attribute it to TRT). I am in my third year of TRT now, and I do exercise pretty strenuously (I'm really into road cycling; five days a week, 200km last week which is average for me now, and I workout with free weights 2-3 days a week in the gym). BTW, if you are wanting to drop excess body fat FAST, there is no better exercise than cycling! Regarding injections vs patches/creams vs pills vs pellets: Pills are a SCAM; forget about it! Patches and creams are very ineffective, messy, and can contaminate members of your family! IMHO, the only effective treatment really is injection, but relax...it's really not as scary as you might think. Contrary to what many people think, you do not have to inject into muscle. TRT works fine by injecting into fat layers of the belly and glutes. I inject into belly or glutes and use a tiny insulin syringe (26-27 gauge short needle). It's referred to as sub-cutaneous (sub-Q) injections and is scientifically proven to be just as effective as deep muscle injections. Equally important, it's painless, very easy and it also eliminates the possibility of bad things associated with muscle injection like hitting a vein or developing an abscess. Injecting is very easy. You break open a 1 mL one-use vial of testosterone and use an 18 gauge needle to draw the test out of the vial. It is in a thick oil suspension which is why you need to draw using a wider 18 gauge needle. Once drawn, you transfer your dosage amount (in my case 125 mg) inot an insulin syringe with a fine (27 gauge short needle). 27 gauge is just large enough for the oil to flow (takes about 15-20 seconds). The remaining testosterone in the drawing syringe is carefully capped to avoid contamination and saved for next week's injection. Naturally keeping things sterile is important. Washing your hands and use of alcohol wipes does the job just fine. I also use latex examination gloves even though it's probably over-kill. There are four type of injectable testosterone but really only two that are appropriate for TRT : Testosterone cypionate and Testosterone enanthate: Both have the same functions and effects for all intents and purposes. The half lives are similar (8 days and 5 days respectively). The main factor determining which one to use is which is available where you live; here in Thailand, it is enanthate. In Thailand, no prescription is required, and it's actually very inexpensive. Preferred (trusted) brand is Bayer but presently it is hard to find in Thailand because Bayer is temporarily not shipping while they re-do their distribution networks. Other trusted brands available in Thai pharmacies are Rotexmedica, and Alpha Pharma. Testosterone propionate: Half life is only 2 days and it's very expensive, and not really advisable for TRT. Testosterone undecanoate: The big deal about undecanoate is its' long half life (18-24 days) so you only inject once every 12 weeks or so. The drawback is it is outrageously expensive, hard to find outside of USA and Europe, and also the amount that is your system over time is not as stable as it would be with cypionate or enanthate IMO. The most important thing about TRT is monitoring your blood panels. I get blood tests every three months, although every six months is OK. It's cheap to get blood tests here in Thailand so every 3 months is no big deal. Of course you want to monitor Total and Free Test levels, but you also need to monitor estradiol (estrogen levels, since they can and will become elevated...not a big deal since you only need to take an aromatase inhibitor (quarter pill of anastrozole) to keep estradiol to acceptable levels. Also, you need to track lipids for obvious reasons since Test can effect liver (in my case, my lipids always look fine). You also need to track hematocrit since TRT can increase it, and if that happens you may need to donate some blood to bring it back down, but I've never had to do that. BOTTOM LINE, periodic blood tests are important, and until you learn to interpret them results yourself, your doctor's interpretation of the tests are VERY important, especially for dialing in correct dosage. Even though I can interpret the results now, I still forward them to my MD, and visit her for a check up twice a year. Anyway, I just thought this reply might be helpful for any of you on the fence about doing TRT. On the whole, I am very pleased I went ahead with it! Happy to answer any question you might have, if I can
  8. Agree; this is the most productive thread I've participated in here on ThaiVisa...and it seems the usual TV trolls are leaving us alone...AMAZING!
  9. Poor simon43...we have totally hijacked his thread "I just finished a 48 hour intermittent fast (IF)" LOL!!!
  10. Yerba Prima is pricey for sure but the noticeably higher quality is worth the price IMHO.
  11. You might want to try iHerb. Prices are a little better and they sell Yerba Prima. They also seem to sell every "western" health-related product you can imagine. https://www.iherb.com/c/Psyllium-Husk The only drawback with them though is they take a LONG TIME to ship items...and since they are not located in Thailand, customs will nick you on orders totaling more that 1500 baht. Personally, I bite the bullet and order from Amazon. God how I wish Amazon would establish a hub in Thailand LOL!
  12. Psyllium is an excellent and all-natural source of dietary fiber. Much better than the more popular constipation products like Metamucil (which contains sugar). IMHO it is the best product to keep the digestive tract "clean", and for occasional constipation. Personally I use it on a pretty regular basis. It is especially effective during a water fast for obvious reasons. I've tried a bunch of different brands and the two I like the best are made by YERBA PRIMA and also by NOW which is a maker of lots of low cost but effective generic supplements. I think Yerba Prima is a little bit more effective because the husks are not ground as fine but some people don't like the course texture; it makes them cough when they try to drink it. The psyllium made by NOW is ground more finely, but I think that might make it less effective. It's also sold as a bulk generic online and in most health food stores, but only buy from trusted sources if you go this route...especially if the source is from China!
  13. LOL...Gotta be careful with that stuff when disposing it down the kitchen sink! I mixed some psyllium but didn't drink all of it and poured the remainder down the kitchen drain. A half hour later, as I was washing dishes in the sink, I found out that the psyllium in the drain had solidified. When I say that it solidified I MEAN IT! I ended up having to take the drain pipe apart to get it out; it had the consistency of rubber cement!!! I learned my lesson; ALWAYS make sure you run the water a lot after dumping it down the sink.
  14. As usual I kind of put my foot in my mouth LOL. Of course, there are many supplements that are valid and beneficial; fish oil for certain (even though I hate the burps it causes LOL *), and many vitamin and mineral supplements that might be lacking in a poor diet or under-dosed in a multi-vitamin, certain anti-oxidants, and of course specialty supplements like creatine or electrolyte drinks for athletes. What I was really referring to are the bogus claims that are made for many supplements like the anti-aging or anti-cancer properties of supplements like CoQ10 for instance, or the cosmetic skin smoothing properties of topical vitamin C and certain peptides. CoQ10, for instance, is indeed an effective anti-oxidant but the claims made by some marketers are absolutely ridiculous. Every day there is some Internet guru making claims like this. Their claims are thinly veiled in persuasive sounding, but absolutely unfounded pseudo science, and almost every time their claims are self-serving; either they are selling the product or have been paid to promote the product. It's just deplorable! These bogus claims usually go along with exorbitant and incredibly outrageous prices when marketed in a way that touts these claims, compared to the exact same supplement that is marketed as a generic product without those claims. *NOTE: Regarding burping from fish oil; I found out that if you put the capsules in the freezer, and take them frozen, that unpleasant burping after taste doesn't happen...just thought I'd throw that out there for what its' worth
  15. The supplement industry has got to be one of the all time most profitable industries ever, and one for the few outright scams (for the most part) that's actually perfectly legal. What a racket! Aside from a multi-vitamin you take once a day, I really think all the other stuff that's sold is quite unnecessary for the average person. As you said, the supplement industry meets the demand created by lazy people looking for shortcuts to a healthy lifestyle instead of sucking it up and doing things the right way. And even a multi-vitamin is only necessary because of how nutritionally bankrupt foods have become that are produced by the food industry these days! The diet of the average person these days is just atrocious! It used to be primarily an American problem (SAD: Standard American Diet) but I see it spreading to societies world-wide. Remember those Thai kids who were trapped in the cave up north last year? I remember one of them being interviewed after the rescue after not eating for over a week; his greatest desire was a trip his favorite eatery; KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) LOL!
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