Testosterone Supplements: Helpful or Dangerous?

  • Testosterone Supplements: Helpful or Dangerous?

    Posted by Garnell Bradley  on December 8, 2023 at 9:36 am

    I love fitness in all its forms. I love being fit and helping others to do the same. Now, I have been vocal about the physical, social, and psychological dangers of synthetic testosterone boosters to achieve what looks like fitness, but I never quite explained why. My reasoning is a bit more personal than I’ve led on.

    About five years ago, I had a close friend who was not in the best of health. He disclosed he was battling stomach cancer and would be moving away soon to be with his family. Even then, I didn’t completely understand what that meant.

    I figured no one in our city had the time or resources to help him get better and it was best if he was around people who loved him. It was only about a month later that I received word he had passed. I was both surprised and devastated.

    Not long afterward, a mutual friend disclosed to me that they had used testosterone supplementation to “get big” in the gym together. That fact was irrelevant at the time.

    Fast forward a few years later–a stranger I followed on social media bravely and publicly documented their own experience with cancer. I learned that they also used a testosterone booster called Tren. Thankfully, this person recovered.

    In the more recent past, I learned a third person, who famously used what he termed as “legal steroids,” had been diagnosed with cancer. At this point, I no longer believe these events are coincidental.

    Testosterone supplementation is certainly prevalent in the fitness community. You can receive a prescription for it (doctors are specially equipped to monitor for markers that might indicate any serious side effects). Still, not everyone qualifies or cares to go that route. Many people turn to dealers of more potent and potentially more risky forms. I’m asked for a plug all the time (I have none), but the associated risks are rarely brought up. Of course, dealers aren’t advertising those risks.

    Clinical research rarely extends to illicit drug use, so data on the side effects of testosterone abuse is hard to come by. I can’t scientifically prove that any of those cases of cancer are related to the use of synthetic testosterone, but I see a pattern too frequent to be coincidental.

    So I’d like to hear from the community about any experiences with testosterone supplementation that you’d feel comfortable sharing. I know of others who have used them without incident, but these people were largely monitored by physicians. I believe the only way that we learn about the risks is if we share information.

    Any comments, stories, agreements, or even objections, are greatly appreciated.

    Garnell Bradley  replied 6 months, 1 week ago 1 Member · 0 Replies
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