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  2. Last cycle I started my PCT 2 weeks after my last test-e shot. I read on here that that may have been too early so I gave it 3 weeks this time then started. Out of interest I ran a testosterone blood test the morning before I started the PCT. Cycle was 10 weeks at 600mg p/w. Results were: Testosterone 6.66 nmol/L (normal 8.64-29) SHBG 19.1 nmol/L (normal 18.3-54.1) So sure enough, it looks like there is still exogenous test in my system 3 weeks after last pin. Also, whilst my test is low, I am still horny as hell and f**ked for Britain that same night. Just thought I'd throw that into the body of results in case it helps anyone in anyway.
  3. Heart monitoring (Most important/effective way) *LABWORK IS LIMITED IN PROTECTING YOU FROM HARM/DOES NOT SHOW THE DAMAGE* 1. CT scans to get calcium score and check blood flow through all the chambers/etc 2. EKG to check the rhythm (rule out v tac/a fib/etc) 3. Echocardiogram; will show you heart function via ejection fraction and structural changes like thickening, narrowing, hypetrophy/myopathy, etc. This is the trifecta of AAS damage prevention. I recommend doing these every 6 months-2 years depending on your genetic risk, pre-existing conditions, lifestyle, cycle history, etc. You WILL catch any damage from AAS before it happens using these 3 tests, and most of these things are reversible when caught early. They cannot prevent acute causes of death/hospitalization like stroke/heart attack, but keeping your heart healthy is a big part of preventing those two events, controlling BP/HCT are the other two. CBC : Check HGB and HCT. You want HCT between 40-50%. Too low can cause low energy and endurance due to anemia. Too high (polycythemia) will make the blood to thick and make your heart work much harder to pump blood, decreases blood flow and increases the risk of high blood pressure and increase coagulation (increased risk of stroke/heart attack). Donating blood can deplete ferritin levels. You want ferritin over 60. Kidneys: You want GFR over 60. If you take creatine or carry a lot of muscles, sometimes this number can be artificially low. Another cause of low GFR is poor thyroid function. GFR stands for glomerular filtration rate, basically, how quickly your kidneys are filtering your blood. If you have above average muscle mass, use the african gfr reading if available on your labs. Other ways to gauge kidney health are cystatin and microalbumin levels. High BP is what kills kidneys, period. Keep your BP under 140/90 mmhg and your kidneys will almost always be safe. High blood sugar is the 2nd major leading cause of kidney disease/dysfunction. Lipids: Cholesterol levels are overrated and the total count is not too important, but you want to have as high HDL as possible as it has a protective effect on arterial health. AAS will lower HDL, especially tren and winstrol. This is not a problem as long as you don't do it year round for long periods of time. Keep your cardio exercise up (130-150 BPM , 30 mins x 3-6 per week) and keep your average resting BP no higher than 135/85 mmhg long term. This will have a more significant effect on heart health than lipids. Liver: AST/ALT under 100 is fine, unless this is crazy elevated for long periods, it won't be a problem. TUDCA and NAC are very effective and increasing the livers natural defenses and preventing cholestasis. This is when the bile stops flowing properly through the liver and one of the main causes of oral AAS induced liver toxicity. IGF-1: It's a good idea to keep an eye on this as you age, generally, levels between 170-300 ng/mL are good. GH increases igf-1 which is how it works for anti-aging, well-being and muscle growth. If your levels are low, bringing them up will help you age healthy and strong. Total T/Free T: Good to keep an eye on as you age or if you are cycling off to gauge natural testosterone recovery. Ideal levels for most people are 700-1,000 ng/dL for total testosterone, the average for a normal man is 500 ng/dL and can fluctuate due to genetics, lifestyle, and/or injury to the testes. You can google a calculator to convert the number to your metric system. The higher the test level, the harder it becomes to control things like E2 (estrogen), Hematocrit (blood thickness), drops in HDL (good cholesterol) and blood pressure (you never want this higher than 135/85 mmhg for longer periods of time, it damaged the heart, kidneys, eyes, etc). Always test early morning/fasted. (between 7-9 AM) E2: Ideal level for most people is 30-70 pg/ML(American units), important for libido, bone health, mood/well-being, and heart health. You can google a calculator "pg/mL to pmol/L" to convert units from American to UK. HbA1c: aka glycated hemoglobin. This measures your average blood glucose of the last 3 months. Should be between 4.8-5.6%. Any higher is indicative of possible pre-diabetes. This can be brought down with 1. Fat loss 2. Strength training+Cardio 3. Intermittent fasting Thyroid panel: TSH/Free T4/Free T3. TSH: Any TSH level over 3 should be investigated for sublinical hypothyroidism if the patient has symptoms such as fatigue, cold intolerance, mood swings/depression, and constipation. TSH is not actually a thyroid hormone but a pituitary hormone that sends a signal from the brain to the thyroid to produce more hormone. The higher the level the poorer the thyroid function, but it's not always reliable because you can have perfect TSH and extremely bad thyroid function. TSH is the LH/FSH of the thyroid. Should be tested early morning fasted to get the best baseline level as it won't be accurate taken later in the day. (between 7-9 AM). FT4 & FT3: Free T4 and Free T3 are the active thyroid hormones. Contrary to popular belief, T4 is very important and is an active hormone on it's own with it's own functions. Certain tissues and cells are better at using T4 and others prefer T3. Sometimes T3 is poorly absorbed by certain tissues and needs T4 to convert the T3 it needs. Optimal levels of Free T4 should be around 1.4-1.8 ng/dL and Free T3 3.5-4.2 pg/mL. Cutting and long diets or overtraining can lower Free T3 levels naturally by decreasing the conversion of T4 to T3, this is the bodies way of trying to conserve energy, by down regulating the metabolism.
  4. Don't be 'that guy'. I do my best to help people out based on both my experience over the last 10 years or so of both training, nutrition and later, steroid use. I don't confess to know it all. On occasion, if the person has the right attitude, I will coach people. I need to make clear, I don't do this to generate any form of income. I often offer to do it free of charge because I enjoy it and people have helped me in the past. My revenue streams have little to do with bodybuilding. However.... I recently offered to help a friend (for free) whom I had previously competed against (and beat) as he doesn't have a great deal of money and was in a bad place. For context, he had competed a couple of months back and had gone completely cold turkey post show due to his lack of disposable income. He would often hire a coach for 6-8 weeks of his prep, then drop them post show. That's fine, each to their own. But immediately post show is probably one of the times of year where you need to pay closest attention to your health. He was yo'yo dieting, struggling to deal with getting softer and wasn't in a good place mentally. Having spent some time talking to him he revealed the fact he had gone cold turkey and divulged his drug protocol pre-contest. I won't go into specifics, but there was a lot of thyroid hormone and no AI until 2 weeks pre-contest at a rather high dose. It was fairly obvious what was probably going on hormonally. When i asked him about his bloodwork he then revealed that in the last 5 years of competing, he had never, ever, had bloodwork done. This is just plain stupid, irresponsible and largely selfish when you have a young family. Contests will come and go. You're health will not. It is paramount. Don't be that guy. If you cannot afford to get bloodwork at least once a year (or are too afraid to go to your GP (do not mention steroid use)), but are spending money on tren, orals, growth hormone, SARMs... then you are an idiot. Plain and simple. If you cannot afford to keep on top of health post show, do not compete. Don't be that guy. Another example is a 19 year old i speak to who is based in the states. He is on a phenomenal amount of drugs with no fixed source of income. He recently asked me for advice for looking 'as shredded as possible' for a Halloween party.... I mean.... I literally face palmed. But look, that's fine, he was going as the bearded bloke from the film 300 (i know they all have beards, Gerard Butler). So he wanted to be shirtless. My initial advice was 'get leaner'. Anyway, I gave him a basic carb depletion protocol with sodium / potassium manipulation to dry him out. I later found out he used dyazide instead and had severe edema following the party. Don't be that guy. My point here is, and I've been there so don't get me wrong, people need to get their priorities straight. You cannot keep hammering drugs at silly doses and not expect it to have a deleterious effect on your health. Even worse if you are not getting bloodwork to at least know what's going on. I do see a lot of guys here getting bloodwork and many have sent me there results asking for input. That's a great approach. But if you fall into the other category of bodybuilding or fitness hobbiest, please take a good hard look at what you are doing. TRT or cruising in your early twenties is not sensible. If you want to be competitive, cycle 2-3 times a year and test the waters at a local or regional show. Validate whether you 'have it'. Most of us don't, whether that be physically or mentally. In 10 year your outlook will be different to now. In 20 years it will change again. Look ahead, not at right now. Don't be that guy.
  5. Help with limited blood work

    Good morning guys so ordered a blood test from medichecks but ordered the wrong test. Background 30years old. 6ft 5. 19 stone around 10years of cycling experience competed in local shows... I tried but wasn't great. So i done around 12 weeks of 600mg eq 600mg test e. Stopped eq dropped down en to about 200mg test e 200mg primo. Waited 2 weeks. (this is where i think i went wrong) started pct to early as the half life of test E havnt cleared my system. Ran 2000iu eod 10days. 100mg clomid. 40mg tamoxifen everyday for 5weeks. At the end erectile dysfunction took place. So started again 2000iu hcg eod 10days 20mg tamoxifen and half tablet arimidex. Still erectile dysfunction there. Here results Test 21.6. Range 8.64-29 Free test 0.512 range 0.2 -0.62 Oestradiol 50.6. Range 41-109 Had 2000iu of hcg day before blood teat at around 3pm. Hadn't taken ai for around a week leading upto test... Any help be massively appreciated
  6. Hi every 1. I have posted this before, but was just wondering for pre cycle blood work is it the sports hormone check ? Or do I get the sports hormone plus test ? Or is there another that I should get? I bottled it last time I asked but now iv bought my gear and want to order my blood test so would appreciate some one telling me the correct test just for peace of mind that I order the right one. Thank you
  7. I got a great question from member @spardaa. Sharing the response as it may come in handy for many people here: Heart health: CT scans to get calcium score and check blood flow through all the chambers/etc and an EKG to check the rhythm will give you an idea of overall heart health. CBC : Check HGB and HCT. You want HCT between 40-50%. Too low can cause low energy and endurance due to anemia. Too high (polycythemia) will make the blood to thick and make your heart work much harder to pump blood, decreases blood flow and increases the risk of high blood pressure and increase coagulation (increased risk of stroke/heart attack) Kidneys: You want GFR over 60. If you take creatine or carry a lot of muscles, sometimes this number can be artificially low. Another cause of low GFR is poor thyroid function. GFR stands for glomerular filtration rate, basically, how quickly your kidneys are filtering your blood. Lipids: Cholesterol levels are overrated and the total count is not too important, but you want to have as high HDL as possible as it has a protective effect on arterial health. AAS will low HDL, especially tren and winstrol. This is not a problem as long as you don't do it year round for long periods of time. Liver: AST/ALT under 100 is fine, again, unless this is crazy elevated for long periods, it won't be a problem. TUDCA and NAC are very effective and increasing the livers natural defenses and preventing cholestasis. This is when the bile stops flowing properly through the liver and one of the main causes of oral AAS induced liver toxicity. IGF-1: It's a good idea to keep an eye on this as you age, generally, levels above 250 are good. GH increases igf-1 which is how it works for anti-aging, well-being and muscle growth. If your levels are low, bringing them up will help you age healthy (think Sylvester Stallone; who was actually caught with about $20,000 worth of HGH in Australia) Total T/Free T: Good to keep an eye on as you age or if you are cycling off to gauge natural testosterone recovery. Ideal levels for most people are 700-1,000 ng/dL for total testosterone, the average for a normal man is 500 ng/dL and can fluctuate due to genetics, lifestyle, and/or injury to the testes. You can google a calculator to convert the number to your metric system. The higher the test level, the harder it becomes to control things like E2 (estrogen), Hematocrit (blood thickness), drops in HDL (good cholesterol) and blood pressure (you never want this higher than 135/85 mmhg for longer periods of time, it damaged the heart, kidneys, eyes, etc). Always test early morning/fasted. (between 7-9 AM) E2: Ideal level for most people is 20-42 pg/ML, important for libido, bone health, mood/well-being, and heart health. HbA1c: aka glycated hemoglobin. This measures your average blood glucose of the last 3 months. Should be between 5-5.6%. Any higher is indicative of possible pre-diabetes. Thyroid panel: TSH/Free T4/Free T3. TSH: Any TSH level over 3 should be investigated for sublinical hypothyroidism if the patient has symptoms such as fatigue, cold intolerance, mood swings/depression, and constipation. TSH is not actually a thyroid hormone but a pituitary hormone that sends a signal from the brain to the thyroid to produce more hormone. The higher the level the poorer the thyroid function, but it's not always reliable because you can have perfect TSH and extremely bad thyroid function. TSH is the LH/FSH of the thyroid. Should be tested early morning fasted to get the best baseline level as it won't be accurate taken later in the day. (between 7-9 AM). FT4 & FT3: Free T4 and Free T3 are the active thyroid hormones. Contrary to popular belief, T4 is very important and is an active hormone on it's own with it's own functions. Certain tissues and cells are better at using T4 and others prefer T3. Sometimes T3 is poorly absorbed by certain tissues and needs T4 to convert the T3 it needs. Optimal levels of Free T4 should be around 1.4-1.8 ng/dL and Free T3 3.5-4.2 pg/mL. Cutting and long diets or overtraining can lower Free T3 levels naturally by decreasing the conversion of T4 to T3, this is the bodies way of trying to conserve energy, by down regulating the metabolism.
  8. Hi every one. I'm on the 4st week of 250 mg testosterone. This is my second cycle and I'm cutting, that why I'm using that low dose to only maintain muscle and help with strength. The weight is decreasing at a good rate. I inject 125 mg testosterone on Monday and Thursday. Last week the injections were on Tuesday and Friday, on Saturday I donated the blood and today (Monday) I made a blood work. The results are: total testosterone: 6.28 ng/ml 17 beta estradiol sensitive 16.8 pg/ml. I did not expect that low testosterone level like natural range. What is happening? The testosterone is "Galenika testosteron depo" from a well know source on this board that at the moment is no more active and every one considered reliable. The first week on cycle was the fist week I did not progress on losing weight (the cutting was already going on) so that made me feel the testosterone is authentic. Also the Arimidex I'm using is pharma gear "Anastrazole accord" , the first week I was using 0.5 mg E2D and then I used 0.75 mg E2D. Based on "Steroid Calc" three day after the injection there is like the 60% of the peak of testosterone so this plus the donation blood maybe put my peak at about 10-11 ng/ml. Do you think this reasoning may be correct? If so, a peak level of 10 ng/ml may be reasonable even if I expected the double of this level. What do you think about? Is that normal? Am I a poor responder? I will immediately double the dose to 500 mg / week, keep the arimidex at 0.75 mg E2D (and up it to 0.5 mg ED only if I feel the need). Also I'm using 50 mcg T3 every day (Dimension Labs) and soon I will start 50 mg Anavar / day. All the other parameters on the blood test are perfect. Every comment, opinion and advice is well accepted.
  9. Blood Work Advice

    Hi All, I was looking for some general advice please, i have been off a cruise for around 6 weeks now, up until my first blood test i was just using Rohm PCT tabs 4 a day, HCG at 500 Iu EOD and 50mg Rohm Clomid i then got my self a blood test on the 11th January with the results below: D.H.E.A. SULPHATE 5.450 umol/L 4.34 – 12.20 FOLLICLE STIM. HORMONE *0.601 IU/L 1.50 – 12.40 LUTEINISING HORMONE *<0.3 IU/L 1.70 – 8.60 TESTOSTERONE 25.7 nmol/L 8.64 – 29.00 FREE-TESTOSTERONE(CALCULATED) 0.475 nmol/L 0.20 – 0.62 SEX HORMONE BINDING GLOB 45.5 nmol/L 18.30 – 54.10 FREE ANDROGEN INDEX 56.48 Ratio 24.00 – 104.00 17-BETA OESTRADIOL *191 pmol/L 41.00 – 159.00 PROLACTIN 182 mIU/L 86.00 – 324.00 After these results i got my hands on some HMG and started using that EOD at 75iu with HCG at 2500 EOD and Rohm PCT tabs ED and Arimidex of 0.5mg EOD. I have since got another blood test done yesterday and my results are below: I can see my E2 levels gone down into normal and my FSH is starting to Rise but my LH hasnt seemed to move. My Goals is to improve my Hormones as my last Sperm Test on the 12th January came back with Zero Count so i would really appreciate help. Thank you in advance D.H.E.A. SULPHATE 5.750 umol/L 4.34 – 12.20 FOLLICLE STIM. HORMONE *1.35 IU/L 1.50 – 12.40 LUTEINISING HORMONE *<0.3 IU/L 1.70 – 8.60 TESTOSTERONE 12.9 nmol/L 8.64 – 29.00 FREE-TESTOSTERONE(CALCULATED) 0.208 nmol/L 0.20 – 0.62 SEX HORMONE BINDING GLOB 46 nmol/L 18.30 – 54.10 FREE ANDROGEN INDEX 28.04 Ratio 24.00 – 104.00 17-BETA OESTRADIOL 42.8 pmol/L 41.00 – 159.00 PROLACTIN 125 mIU/L 86.00 – 324.00
  10. Currently cruising around 12 weeks in. What blood test option would be ideal for checking blood workout for health markers etc. My guess is the full TRT check? Just checking what others do/suggest.
  11. Hi all When should i get blood work done ? Ive just finished PCT for my second cycle , and looking to jump back on shortly Unfortunately i never get it done before my first cycle so i have nothing to gauge it against Should i get blood work done before my next cycle, or is it a waste of time if im going to be jumping back on ? Thanks
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