|It probably won't turn an overweight pre-diabetic into a fitness model, but a getting a TRT script has the potential of changing a man's physical and psychological health for the better.|
TRT w/ or w/out aromatase or 5α-reductase inhibitor?
It goes without saying that the bodybuilding enthusiasts will think very differently about the usefulness of the 10 g testosterone gel (Testim) the fifty-seven 24–51-year old men with free testosterone levels in the lower 25% of normal range (<0.33 nmol/L) and a body mass index of ≥30.0 kg/m² in this recent 98-day randomized, double-blind, parallel group, placebo-controlled trial from the Universities of California and the Boston University Medical Center (Juang. 2013). In fact, I am pretty sure that, contrary to the scientists who put their subjects on either
- 10g Testim per day,
- 10g Testim + 1mg Arimidex (anastrazole) per day, or
- 10g Testim + 2.5 mg Avodart (dustasteride),
|Figure 1: Change in hormone levels (left) and body composition (right) after 98 days on 10g t-gel (Testim) with / without aromatase (Arimidex) or 5α-reductase (Avodart) inhibitor (Juang. 2013)|
read moreAs surprising as the magnitude of the 'waist gain' may be, I personally have been more surprised by the effects the 10g of Testim had on the DHT levels of the overweight subjects. In both, the T-only and the T + Arimidex group the DHT level literally exploded and blunted the 25%, respectively 30% increase in glucose disposal during minutes 120–180 and 240–300 of the euglycemic hyperinsulinemic glucose clamp test the scientists performed before and after the intervention period (Juang. 2013).
Despite a -40% decrease in PSA (vs. +9% in the T-only group), the 5α-reductase inhibitor dustasteride did not prevent the ~10% increase in prostate size that occurred in both the T-only (12%; +9% PSA) and T + Acodart (10%; -40% PSA) group. Other safety markers, such as AST (liver) or haemoglbin (iron overload) did not change.
- Juang, P. S., Peng, S., Allehmazedeh, K., Shah, A., Coviello, A. D. and Herbst, K. L. (2013), Testosterone with Dutasteride, but Not Anastrazole, Improves Insulin Sensitivity in Young Obese Men: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Sexual Medicine.