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    Cortisol...


    What is the best way to contol cortisol (aside from anabolics)...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by christopher View Post
    What is the best way to contol cortisol (aside from anabolics)...?
    Hi or low need to identify which when and where before trying to self diagnose one self
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    Quote Originally Posted by hardasnails1973 View Post
    Hi or low need to identify which when and where before trying to self diagnose one self
    not trying to self diagnose....

    my saliva results were as follows....

    Cortisol

    @9:30 am 5.9ng/ml range 3-8
    @2 pm 1.8ng/ml range 2-4
    @6pm 1.0 range 1-2
    @ 10 pm 0.7 range 0.5-1.5

    thAT was a test from ZRT labs....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. John View Post
    Your cortisol levels are perfect--why would you think of trying to "control" them?
    Dr hit it right on the spot as he usually does. afternoon may dip because if you are dealing with issues frome work is all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hardasnails1973 View Post
    Dr hit it right on the spot as he usually does. afternoon may dip because if you are dealing with issues frome work is all.
    No cortisol levels are highest first thing in the morning this helps us to get going. later from noon on it goes down this is normal so by bed time it should be it's lowest this way you can sleep. There is not one thing wrong with his cortisol levels. I see test that are first thing in the morning are 1.5 now this is not good can be anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. John View Post
    Your cortisol levels are perfect--why would you think of trying to "control" them?
    """Cortisol is normal in the morning, low at noon, and returns to a normal level in the evening and at night. A lower noon cortisol can be caused by adrenal exhaustion or the use of hormonal supplements that cause a temporal (several hours following medication) suppression of cortisol synthesis by the adrenal glands or an increase in the rate of hepatic cortisol metabolism/clearance. Adrenal exhaustion is most commonly caused by stress (emotional), sleep deprivation, poor diet (low protein-particularly problematic in vegetarians), nutrient deficiencies (particularly low vitamins C and B5), and low levels of cortiso precursors (pregnenolone and progesterone) Excessive androgen replacement therapy (DHEA or testosterone) or the use of synthetic glucocorticoids can cause a transient lowering of adrenal cortisol synthesis (inhibits CRH/ACTH axis) which results in lowered cortisol levels for several hours following hormone use. Thyroid therapy increases hepatic clearance of cortisol, which could also cause a transient lowering of cortisol for several hours following thyroid therapy. A normal daily output of cortisol is essential to maintain normal metabolic activity, help regulate steady state glucose levels for the brain, and optimize immune function. Cortisol levels dropping below range may result in fatigue, sugar craving, and many of the symptoms of thyroid deficiency (e.g. feeling cold, low libido, depression, anxiety). Normal physiological levels of cortisol are essential for optimal thyroid function. For additional information about strategies for supporting adrenal health the following books are worth reading:
    "Adrenal Fatigue", by James L. Wilson, N.D., D.C., Ph.D.; "The Cortisol Connection", by Shawn Talbott, Ph.D.; "The End of Stress As We Know It" by Bruce McEwen; "Awakening Athena" by Kenna Stephenson, MD; "Thyroid Power", by Richard Shames, MD""""""""


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. John View Post
    Your cortisol levels are perfect--why would you think of trying to "control" them?
    In addition to the above summary, I cant, no matter how strict a diet, get rid of low ab fat....Im low BF and lean and cut everywhere else.....Could be estrogen problem also....?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pmgamer18 View Post
    No cortisol levels are highest first thing in the morning this helps us to get going. later from noon on it goes down this is normal so by bed time it should be it's lowest this way you can sleep. There is not one thing wrong with his cortisol levels. I see test that are first thing in the morning are 1.5 now this is not good can be anything.
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    Thankx for the links-I have to read those a few times and try to grasp all the info..........Im treating thyroid/adrenals currently....I cant stay awake in the afternoons...any idea why...?
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    Quote Originally Posted by christopher View Post
    Thankx for the links-I have to read those a few times and try to grasp all the info..........Im treating thyroid/adrenals currently....I cant stay awake in the afternoons...any idea why...?
    what are you eating for lunch because you could be having an insulin imbalance and adjusting diet may all that may be needed to over come this. Where I used to work I used to watch fat people eat lunch and then by 2 pm there ass would be dragging. You might want to try 200 mcgs chromium at lunch time and see if that help you out for stabilizing insulin levels. Are you also taking thyroid medicine because some times it can cause your adrenals to fluctaute. But your cortisol levels look GOOD. May be add alittle b-5 500 mgs at lunch time and see how you feel thats all you might need to get you over the hump
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    Quote Originally Posted by christopher View Post
    Thankx for the links-I have to read those a few times and try to grasp all the info..........Im treating thyroid/adrenals currently....I cant stay awake in the afternoons...any idea why...?
    Ok were you treating your adrenals when you did this test if so the test is not any good. What are you treat them with if HC the test is not any good you need to be off HC for 2 weeks to retest. And to come off HC is dam hard if your adrenals are in bad shape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pmgamer18 View Post
    Ok were you treating your adrenals when you did this test if so the test is not any good. What are you treat them with if HC the test is not any good you need to be off HC for 2 weeks to retest. And to come off HC is dam hard if your adrenals are in bad shape.
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    No...Wasnt treating adrenals when the test was done....
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    Quote Originally Posted by hardasnails1973 View Post
    what are you eating for lunch because you could be having an insulin imbalance and adjusting diet may all that may be needed to over come this. Where I used to work I used to watch fat people eat lunch and then by 2 pm there ass would be dragging. You might want to try 200 mcgs chromium at lunch time and see if that help you out for stabilizing insulin levels. Are you also taking thyroid medicine because some times it can cause your adrenals to fluctaute. But your cortisol levels look GOOD. May be add alittle b-5 500 mgs at lunch time and see how you feel thats all you might need to get you over the hump
    Lunch is usually a 12 " tuna on wheat....
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    Quote Originally Posted by christopher View Post
    Lunch is usually a 12 " tuna on wheat....
    Try eating half the bread
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    Quote Originally Posted by hardasnails1973 View Post
    Try eating half the bread
    too many carbs...?
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    Quote Originally Posted by christopher View Post
    too many carbs...?
    Could be causing a drop in blood sugar and people that have thyroid and/or adrenal issues do have insulin imbalances. TRy some tuna and some legumes on a nice salad with some EVO and see how you feel. You just may need some good fats to slow down carb absorption. if you get tired at 2 pm then at 1 45 have a hand full of raw cashews, almonds if you eat your regular tuna sandwhich or just have tuna salad with EVO and may be a small yam. try differnt combinations, but raw nuts always used to level me out
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    E2 could be the problem

    What are all of you sides?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ECTOmorph View Post
    E2 could be the problem

    What are all of you sides?
    Not sure what you define as sides...?

    I just looked thru my bloodwork, and I cant find a result for E2...Only thing I have is saliva test levels from the ZRT test....
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    Quote Originally Posted by christopher View Post
    Not sure what you define as sides...?

    I just looked thru my bloodwork, and I cant find a result for E2...Only thing I have is saliva test levels from the ZRT test....
    How are you taking your HC I am low in the morning so I do 10mgs first thing in the morning. You can try 5mgs in the mornig and 10 at noon when you feel down.
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    [QUOTE=pmgamer18;734793]How are you taking your HC I am low in the morning so I do 10mgs first thing in the morning. You can try 5mgs in the mornig and 10 at noon when you feel down.[/QUOTE


    HC is what exactly, lol...?
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    Sides as in side effects?

    Fatigue
    Low sex drive
    ect
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    Quote Originally Posted by ECTOmorph View Post
    Sides as in side effects?

    Fatigue
    Low sex drive
    ect
    Symptoms....Whe you said sides I was thinkin...never mind....

    Tired in the am, low ab fat (thats the only place), inability to concentrate, memory, remembering and comprehending, hi's n lows, etc
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    Since taking cortisol for adrenal fatigue verified by Salvia testing is it possible that not taking DHEA along with it could be giving me all the possible side effects such as memory loss, muscle mass drop, and erectile dysfunction because of the catabolic effects of the HC. Prgmmer mentioned that DHEA was increased when he started HC, but he was also on HCG and dhea to begin with so he had more things feeding the pathways. Well I am waiting for the test resutls to get back. I think taking DHEA with HC will help to offset the side effects associtated with elevated cortisol. Since they do balance each other.
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    Could taking HCG actually also increase DHEA levels as well?

    This may be what has happening to me

    Taking the cortisol is working wonders but its causing depletion of dhea levels..
    DHEA
    Balances the effects of Glucocorticoids


    USE DHEA with Glucocorticoieds
    ACTH stimulates release of Cortisol and DHEA from the adrenal cortex
    Catabolic effects of Glucocorticoids (GC) are counteracted by anabolic effects of DHEA
    DHEA ameliorates some deleterious effects of GC, such as diabetes, amino acid deamination, fattiness, hypertension and susceptibility to viraemia.
    DHEA may compensate for GC secreted by adrenal cortex
    Decreased DHEA in aging, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus
    DHEA and Glucocorticoids
    Giving GC decreases ACTH and Decreases DHEA
    Deleterious side effects of GC: muscular weakness, atrophy and necrosis, diabetes, fattiness, osteopenia, osteoporosis and avascular necrosis and susceptibility to infections
    Robinzon B. Should dehydroepiandrosterone replacement therapy be provided with glucocorticoids?
    Rheumatology (Oxford) 1999 Jun;38(6):488-95
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    [QUOTE=christopher;734817]
    Quote Originally Posted by pmgamer18 View Post
    How are you taking your HC I am low in the morning so I do 10mgs first thing in the morning. You can try 5mgs in the mornig and 10 at noon when you feel down.[/QUOTE


    HC is what exactly, lol...?
    hydrocortisone I take cortef 5mgs 4 x's a day what are you doing to treat your Adrenals.
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    [QUOTE=pmgamer18;735169]
    Quote Originally Posted by christopher View Post

    hydrocortisone I take cortef 5mgs 4 x's a day what are you doing to treat your Adrenals.
    Phil
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    I tried all kinds of supplements and the only one that worked was Isocort I took 4 pills in the morning = 10mgs of cortisol and 2 pills at noon and dinner = 5mgs each of cortisol. I felt better just taking one pill when I started. You need to work your way up on them. Here is a cut & paste of a post to a Bill I did sometime ago on how I started treating my Thyroid and Adrenals.
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    Bill sorry to hear you have this problem your cortisol is lower then my first test I was 8. The ACTH Stim test will show if it's you Adrenals or your Pituitary not sending the message ACTH to your Adrenals to make Cortisol. Here is a link to Chris's Explaination of the ACTH test you need to read this I have seen posts where Dr.'s did it wrong. You need to be sure you understand about this test and how to read it.
    Stop The Thyroid Madness :: View topic - My explaination of the ACTH stimulation test.

    Most people find out they have low cortisol because they have a low Thyroid Problem one needs cortisol to carry the thyroid hormone from the blood to the cells. If there cortisol is low do to Adrenal Fatigue there is not enough cortisol to do this and as they up there meds they start to feel hyper because the hormone is going to high in the blood and not being carried to the cells. One big cause of Adrenal Fatigue is a low Thyroid the Adrenals work over time to bring up levels of thyroid and become fatigued.

    Now we are finding a lot of men with low T had Adrenal Fatigue do to the stress of low T be it from the fatigue of low T or the high Estradiol. But it's dam odd that as men hear about this and are not feeling 100% on TRT that after a blood test there cortisol levels are low.

    The first thing I did was to try and figure out what stage of Adrenal Fatigue I was at and it looked like stage 3.
    Large Selye Chart

    Then I went to this site and printed out a chart for tracking your body's temps. I would take it under my arm before getting out of bed for 10 min.'s if it is under 97.8 you have a thyroid problem my temps that I did were for 4 morning and then I did an avg. it was 95.8.
    Temperature Patterns of low adrenal and thyroid function
    Using this to take my temps it is also sold at Wall-Greens and Wal-mart.
    Thermometer

    Then after I was up for 3 hrs I took my temp every 3 hrs 3 to 4 times a day and did an avg. My avg. was low between 96.8 to 97.6 and each day was up or down this is Adrenal Fatigue.

    I then ordered a Saliva Test through this link.
    Stop The Thyroid Madness » Those durn Adrenals!!
    From the Canary Club for about $140.00 this is the best way to test cortisol levels and DHEA.

    Then I bought the book "Adrenal Fatigue The 21st. Century by Wilson. This book was a big help in understanding this problem but doing what he said to treat it with stuff like this did nothing to my temp chart. It has this in it Pituitary Extract (Freeze-Dried) 120 mg
    Adrenal Cortex Extract 33 mg and cortisol but you have no idea how much.
    20% Off PhytoPharmica End Fatigue Adrenal Stress-End, formerly known as Adrenal Soluble Fractions,50 capsules, PhytoPharmica - PhytoPharmica Energy 20% Off
    Also he said to do B Vit.s.
    20% Off PhytoPharmica End Fatigue Daily Energy B Complex, 30 capsules, PhytoPharmica - PhytoPharmica Energy 20% Off
    Vit. C
    Solaray Super Bio C - Buffered, 1000 mg., 360 capsules, Solaray - Solaray C Vitamins 50% Off
    Everyone with low Cortisol has low DHEA I take this 2 a day.
    PhytoPharmica DHEA-25, 60 caps, PhytoPharmica - PhytoPharmica Immune System 25% Off
    I take 3 grams of a good brand of Fish OIL. I buy mine at Coscos (spelling) I get the one that is coated so you don't burp it up.
    And there is Maca this helps keep your Adrenal hormones leveled. I was off this for 30 days and just went back on it I feel better on this. I do 1/2 tsp 2 x's a day. This is the best price and product on he web.
    Maca Power® - 454g/1 lbs Raw Maca Powder

    I dropped the Adrenal cortex
    20% Off PhytoPharmica End Fatigue Adrenal Stress-End, formerly known as Adrenal Soluble Fractions,50 capsules, PhytoPharmica - PhytoPharmica Energy 20% Off
    It did nothing.

    I got some Isocort and started on it it is made from sheep adrenal's and wow the first pill made me feel good you need to start this slow. I did 4 pills = 10mgs. of cortisol first thing in the morning with food and 2 pills = 5mgs. of cortisol at noon and dinner. This changed my chart my temps come up to 98.4 to 99 but still up and down if your avg. is up or down from day to day more then .2 tenths your cortisol is still to low. I followed this to get started.
    Stop The Thyroid Madness » How to treat adrenals–for the patient and their doctors
    My Dr. would not give me Hydrocortisone said it's not safe to use. So I got this book by Dr. Jefferies "Safe Uses of Cortisol"
    Home Page of William McK. Jefferies, M.D.
    http://www.ccthomas.com/details.cfm?P_ISBN=039807500X
    Showed this to my Dr. and he blew it off and pissed me off.
    I got up to 120mgs of Armour and could not do more my charting even showed my Adrenals were not right to go higher. So I switched to HC and stated with 10mgs. in the morning wow in less then a week my temps were a straight line across at 98.6 first time in 8 months of charting things were looking good and I was feeling better. So if you need to treat your Adrenals the best place for help is Val. at this link.
    Stop The Thyroid Madness :: View Forum - ADRENALS and THYROID
    Most of the people posting there are Thyroid and Adrenal Fatigue but she helps for Adrenals only too. Do get your thyroid checked have the TSH, Free T4 and Free T3 checked and post them to her.
    Wow this was a long post hope it helps.
    Phil


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    When i was taking DHEA, HCG cortef, testosterone I was having vivid dreams and since stopping HCG, dhea all them have stopped. Would this be an indication that rem sleep has also declined?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hardasnails1973 View Post
    When i was taking DHEA, HCG cortef, testosterone I was having vivid dreams and since stopping HCG, dhea all them have stopped. Would this be an indication that rem sleep has also declined?
    what are you talkin about man...?
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    Quote Originally Posted by christopher View Post
    what are you talkin about man...?
    Ability to dream ..
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    Quote Originally Posted by hardasnails1973 View Post
    When i was taking DHEA, HCG cortef, testosterone I was having vivid dreams and since stopping HCG, dhea all them have stopped. Would this be an indication that rem sleep has also declined?
    I stopped dreaming long ago, 10-15 years.
    I think that must have been time when I started on T decline.
    Taking DHEA, Testosterone for few years, did not changed my dream situation.
    Lately I added Cortef, Armour and HCG.
    One of them, looks like HCG, infuences dreams.
    I am 16 days since starting HCG, had 6-7 dreams.
    Either pleasant or neutral.
    In the past, infrequently I would have very stressfull dream.

    HCG is good, my testicles are almost right.
    Scrotum is relaxed but only half way.
    Before my TRT it used to hang very low, that would cause pain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanSz View Post
    I stopped dreaming long ago, 10-15 years.
    I think that must have been time when I started on T decline.
    Taking DHEA, Testosterone for few years, did not changed my dream situation.
    Lately I added Cortef, Armour and HCG.
    One of them, looks like HCG, infuences dreams.
    I am 16 days since starting HCG, had 6-7 dreams.
    Either pleasant or neutral.
    In the past, infrequently I would have very stressfull dream.

    HCG is good, my testicles are almost right.
    Scrotum is relaxed but only half way.
    Before my TRT it used to hang very low, that would cause pain.
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    When my testicles are good and ready, I would like to get closer look at my varicocele.
    How to ask for this, there are number of tests;
    manual
    MRI
    ultrasound
    any thing else
    I need more details, so I can tell my doctor what I want.
    He 100% cooperates (so far).
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    I agree 100% that HCG was the missing key for returning me back to my healthy state. I felt like my old self on it and my dreams where colorful vivid and I could remember them like I did before getting ill. Now I just sleep and do not ever hit that deep sleep like I used to.

    Due to the fact that I had elevated DHA and EPA in my RBC fatty acid test. i stopped all fish oils for almost 8 months to help to rebalance out thing. I just started to introduce them in other day and I could feel a sustain energy. I am doing only 1 tsp a day is all and going to eat more samon and use things in moderation not like naturopath told me 3 tsp a day.
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    if your using melatonin, that will give some dreams as well. Ive had some good ones lately, which have been very helpful for psych-analysis sessions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottyo View Post
    if your using melatonin, that will give some dreams as well. Ive had some good ones lately, which have been very helpful for psych-analysis sessions.
    Couple of years ago advisor from LEF told me to drop melatonin. I do not remember his reasoning.
    Anybody cares to make a guess of when melatonin is not indicated.
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    While I was using melatonin, I do not think it had any influence on my dreams, dreams were absent with or without melatonin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JanSz View Post
    Couple of years ago advisor from LEF told me to drop melatonin. I do not remember his reasoning.
    Anybody cares to make a guess of when melatonin is not indicated.
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    While I was using melatonin, I do not think it had any influence on my dreams, dreams were absent with or without melatonin.
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    progrmmer and Jansz I found this interseting about progesterone and dhea-s interactions and how HCG can actually increase dhea production and may indicated reduction in dhea supplementation. This might explain why we feel better on HCG when added to TRT due to the fact that increasing HCG would increase progesterone and body converts where it needs it IE if you are cortisol then it would be shunted to dhea pathway to counter balance it. Dr john is one brillant guy.
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    This is a good find thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by hardasnails1973 View Post
    Entrez PubMed

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    progrmmer and Jansz I found this interseting about progesterone and dhea-s interactions and how HCG can actually increase dhea production and may indicated reduction in dhea supplementation. This might explain why we feel better on HCG when added to TRT due to the fact that increasing HCG would increase progesterone and body converts where it needs it IE if you are cortisol then it would be shunted to dhea pathway to counter balance it. Dr john is one brillant guy.
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    More eveidence to support HCG increasing DHEA

    CAT.INIST.FR
    Reason Dhea increases t4 to t3 in the liver is because it is also reduces lipid perioxidation PRetty cool huh LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by hardasnails1973 View Post
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    progrmmer and Jansz I found this interseting about progesterone and dhea-s interactions and how HCG can actually increase dhea production and may indicated reduction in dhea supplementation. This might explain why we feel better on HCG when added to TRT due to the fact that increasing HCG would increase progesterone and body converts where it needs it IE if you are cortisol then it would be shunted to dhea pathway to counter balance it. Dr john is one brillant guy.

    I though that progesterone supplementation in males was NOT recommended...?
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    Quote Originally Posted by christopher View Post
    I though that progesterone supplementation in males was NOT recommended...?
    You are not supplementing Progesterone directly you are using hcg to stimulate pathways that will give the body the option which way the pathway goes. Its totally different.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hardasnails1973 View Post
    You are not supplementing Progesterone directly you are using hcg to stimulate pathways that will give the body the option which way the pathway goes. Its totally different.

    so essentally, you are saying that the hormone progesterone, bioidentically produced and supplemented, is not a valid option for males, yet, stimulating progesterone production via HCG supplementation is a valid choice...?

    So assuming low progesterone levels, and progesterone serves as a natural anti-aromatase and 5 ar inhibitor, HCG is a better solution that direct supplementation via bio-id prog...?
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    Quote Originally Posted by christopher View Post
    so essentally, you are saying that the hormone progesterone, bioidentically produced and supplemented, is not a valid option for males, yet, stimulating progesterone production via HCG supplementation is a valid choice...?

    So assuming low progesterone levels, and progesterone serves as a natural anti-aromatase and 5 ar inhibitor, HCG is a better solution that direct supplementation via bio-id prog...?
    Yep and dr john is highly against progesterone creame big time!! from his past post. not only will stimulate the LH hormone, but also stimulate cytochrome p 450 which is start the whole cascade of hormonal events. Interesting huh. But you need to be on HRT to get the full benefits and supplement all pathways. I just found that DHEA levels are relfelctive of free testosterone levels in a study and in my case and pretty much majority of the cases I can see this being a factor because cortisol can lower your testosterone as well as your free. So supplementing cortisol if low is fine but one needs to complement it with dhea to off set the catabolic site effects from it.. Dhea ans all other hormones need to be monitored by a physcian
  

  
 

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