I’m just shy of age 71. I’ve always had a high sex drive, still do. I’ve only had two T tests, three years ago, 260, recently, 290. I don’t know if that was normal variation, or due to progesterone cream applications over the last few years. My Medicare insurer turned down a prescription the urologist wanted for Androgel. To help with weight loss. Despite those T numbers, I’m still randy as hell, and despite my alcohol consumption, my balls are still huge per internet sources. And many lovers over the years. (The urologist didn’t say anything was wrong.) The other morning I woke up with wood, walked out to the patio, and urinated a strong stream with a dick curving heavenward.
The purpose of the study was to investigate simultaneous effects of energy balance, caloric intake, and the hormonal anabolic-catabolic balance in bodybuilders prior to competition. Fourteen male bodybuilders took part in an 11-week energy-restricted period to reduce body fat. The subjects were divided into the energy-restricted group (ERG) (n = 7), who were preparing for the competition, or the control group (CG) (n = 7) who continued to train regularly and did not change their dietary or training pattern. Participants were tested at 11 weeks (T1), 5 weeks (T2), and 3 days (T3) before competition for diet, body composition, and fasting hormonal assessment. Body mass and body fat percentage of ERG were significantly (p < ) decreased during the study period. In ERG, insulinlike growth factor-1 (IGF-1) and insulin decreased significantly during the 11-week weight-reduction period (p < ). Testosterone was decreased only from week 11 to week 5 (from +/- to +/- nmol/L). Changes in IGF-I concentration were significantly related to changes in insulin (r = ), fat mass (r = ), lean body mass (r = ), and body mass (r = ). Changes in insulin concentrations were significantly related to changes in fat mass (r = ) and lean body mass (r = ). These data indicate that severe energy restriction to extremely low body energy reserves decreases significantly the concentrations of 3 anabolic pathways despite high protein intake. Monitoring of insulin and IGF-1 concentration is suggested to prevent losses in muscle mass in energy-restricted conditions. Other nutritional strategies might be needed to prevent possible catabolic effect during preparation of bodybuilders to competition.