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@crewdoglm @ppolack Fair question. "Anti-aging" clinics are popping up all over the place. The doc takes a blood sample, declares your numbers "low" not for your actual age but for what they'd be in your prime, he asks the leading questions i.e., are you placing lower in bike races ;-) to which of course you say "Yes" and the script is written. I personally know 2 people who went this route not because of medical necessity but because of their desire to improve performance.
Medical conditions necessitating testosterone supplementation are pretty severe and relatively rare. I wish I could direct you to the articles or books I read to back up my claims but I can't remember the specific name.
Regarding one of the two individuals mentioned above: Prior to his starting TRT he gave me a book with a particularly famous photo of some 60 year old with a body most 20 year old men would crave. The book read like an infomercial.
Also, read Andrew Tillan's book, The Doper Next Door , as has already been mentioned by others. It basically supports all my assertions above.
9 months ago on Cat 3 Cyclocross Racer Daniel Baker Accepts USADA Sanction for Testosterone Use
Exactly. Yours is the voice of reason.
Just because you're taking testosterone "under care of a physician" it doesn't mean you're guaranteed to get a Therapeutic Use Exemption. You may be required to voluntarily recuse yourself from competition or face suspension.
Considering the widespread practice of testosterone replacement therapies for dubious reasons by doctors ( I know of 2 cyclists on supplemental testosterone because they can't face getting old), I'd sincerely question the necessity of a 37 year old requiring it. Studies show the "medical necessity" of TRT is required in only a very small percentage of cases.