Of all the anabolic steroids available, for the healthy adult male there are very few as well-tolerated as testosterone. While this is true, there are possible side-effects of testosterone that can occur due to exogenous use. Fortunately, for the healthy adult male the side-effects of testosterone use are very controllable; in-fact, with responsible use there is no reason a healthy adult male should fall prey to a single one. For the man receiving testosterone replacement therapy, these side-effects will be of very little concern; after all, in his case he will only be replacing what is deficient. For the performance enhancer, this is where the game changes, as it will be supraphysiological doses that can open the door to problems. However, supraphysiological doses can be used very safely, but there is something important you need to keep in mind. As is with most anabolic steroids, there is a strong risk to reward ratio; the more you take, the greater the reward, but the more you take, the greater the risk. Letâs discuss the possible side-effects of testosterone use.
Possible side-effects of testosterone
When we supplement for testosterone in amounts that take us far beyond our average range, there are five possible side-effects that may occur. Again, we must emphasize the word âpossibleâ as this in no way implies guaranteed. Total dosing and more importantly individual response will dictate the total outcome more than anything else, but so will ones general overall lifestyle. In any case, the reason such effects may occur is largely due to the aromatase process, by-which testosterone converts to estrogen. Such effects include:
- Excess Water Retention
- High Blood Pressure
- High LDL Cholesterol
- Low HDL Cholesterol
Combating the Possible side-effects of testosterone
To combat the side-effects of testosterone there are a few things we can do. Most importantly is supplementing with an Aromatase Inhibitor (AI) such as Arimidex or Letrozole. AIâs do exactly what their name implies, they inhibit the aromatase process, meaning, they inhibit the conversion to estrogen. Further, by their nature, AIâs also reduce the total amount of estrogen in the body, thereby preventing what doesnât exist from causing a problem. In any case, AIâs remain the primary line of defense.
Beyond AIâs, and this will greatly protect your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, weâre speaking of our overall diet. Eating foods that promote healthy levels and avoiding activity such as smoking and drinking that have a negative impact will greatly protect you. Avoiding heavy alcohol consumption and ensuring your diet is full of plenty Omega Fatty Acids will do wonders for you and greatly protect against the side-effects of testosterone.