The TRUTH About My Hormone Use (Not Clickbait)

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As the title says, this is not clickbait, but it also may not be what you’re thinking. But, you can draw your own conclusion after hearing me out.

Before I begin, I just wanted to thank everyone for their interaction with my last video. That video marked the first time in a while where I managed to break 1,000 views in just the first couple of days after release.

Ever since YouTube recently began suppressing my content harder than they ever had before, as I showed evidenced for in my last video, my channel’s performance has taken a massive hit, and its growth has all but stagnated.

So, thank you for your support! And let’s see if we can repeat or even surpass that success going forward! Lets see if we can get this channel growing again.

Now, as some of you are likely aware, I am on the wrong side of 35, but the right side of 40… at least for now. And as we age, our bodies inevitably go through many changes.

Since my early 30’s I’ve been taking exogenous DHEA, which is a hormone produced by our adrenal glands, that is quite abundant in our bodies during our 20’s.

I’ve become more consistent with my DHEA supplementation since my mid-30’s. At the moment I take 25 mg orally every day, using a product that I’ve purchased on Amazon. So, yes, DHEA is available over-the-counter here in America. No doctor’s prescription is necessary. It is 100% legal.

And, for the record, DHEA supplements are synthesized from wild yam or soy, so, yes, they’re vegan. Unless, of course, they’re administered in gelatin capsules. That would, obviously, not be vegan. Ergo, I advise folks to always check labels, and even contact a given company for clarification.

According to Harvard, DHEA levels naturally peak in men and women between 20 and 30 years of age. After which, DHEA declines by about 5% each year, and up to 80% throughout adulthood.

Which means that my natural DHEA production may currently be nearly 45% LOWER than it was when I was 30. Granted, I’ve never tested my levels, so I am just going by the average rate of decline.

According to the Mayo Clinic, low DHEA levels can contribute to depression and osteoporosis. It is also theorized that low DHEA levels could speed up the aging process, and have a negative impact on a person’s well-being, cognitive function, and body composition.

Furthermore, low DHEA levels are also associated with heart disease and overall mortality.

Granted, the data demonstrating any benefits from DHEA supplementation is limited, and its use is not without potential risks. Though, none of the documented risks appear to apply to me and my lifestyle.

I am telling you this because I don’t want you to think I am endorsing DHEA for absolutely everyone. I just want to be transparent about what I do, and to offer you some education on the subject, and leave you to make your own informed choices from there.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the side effects from DHEA use may include increased androgen levels leading to a “steroid effect”. Now, I will discuss that one in detail momentarily, as I feel that the Mayo Clinic is being a bit hyperbolic in that regard. DHEA use may also exacerbate particular hormone-sensitive cancers such as prostate cancer in men, which I do not have. It is also recommended that you avoid using DHEA if you suffer from high cholesterol, which I do not, and haven’t since I dropped eggs when going vegan in 2013. DHEA use might worsen psychiatric disorders, such as Mania, which I do not have. Finally, DHEA use might cause oily skin, acne, and male-pattern baldness… none of which has ever been an issue for me.

DHEA may also interact with the drugs listed here, none of which I take. In fact, the last time I took an anti-depressant was before I turned 21.

So, for me, the potential benefits outweigh any possible risks. Even if the data is limited, as I had mentioned. Plus, DHEA is rather cheap; I spend just shy of $7 for over 3 month’s worth of the product.

Now, regarding increased androgen levels and subsequent steroidial effects.

A double-blind, randomized-order crossover design study published in 2018, in the peer-reviewed journal Endocrine, found that after 4 weeks of DHEA supplementation, at 100 mg per day, which is a dose 4-times-higher than what I take, male participants experienced a 118% increase in their testosterone levels. The female participants, on the other hand, experienced a 916% increase! Though, it is worth noting that all of the women involved in this study were also using oral contraceptives. All participants were healthy, young, recreational athletes aged 20-21 years on average.

That study was funded by the World Anti-Doping Agency, which has DHEA on their banned list, so I am technically not WADA-compliant given my use. But, at the same time, I don’t compete in any WADA-regulated sports. I strictly lift for health, functionality, fun, and to look and feel good.

Now, while a 118% increase in testosterone is certainly very significant, it isn’t likely going to give a man steroid-like gains in muscle mass or strength.

A paper published in 2003, which I’ve discussed in a previous video, found that simply abstaining from ejaculation for 7 days can cause a man’s testosterone levels to increase by 145.7% above baseline.

Which is a nearly 28% greater increase than DHEA has been shown to produce. Yet, I am certain that both NoFap and abstinence are WADA-compliant activities. Like, I doubt Priests would be banned from weightlifting competitions simply because they are staunch volcels. Know what I’m saying?

So, no, my taking 25 mg of DHEA per day is not comparable to me directly pinning some form of testosterone. Thus, I stand by my gains being achievable naturally, even if WADA would disqualify me for my DHEA use, which is 4-times-lower than what was dosed in their study.

But, ultimately, I am more concerned about my present and future health and quality of life than complying with WADA as a purely recreational lifter.

Now, let’s look at some of the data from older populations.

A meta-analysis looking at 25 double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized trials found that DHEA supplementation in elderly men can induce a small but significant positive effect on body composition via a reduction in body fat.

And another randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study found that DHEA supplementation appears to have a beneficial effect on muscle and strength increases from heavy weight training in the elderly.

Furthermore, another study found that by taking just 25 mg of DHEA per day, over the course of a year, cortisol levels were lowered in both men and women aged from 50-65, with this effect being most prominent in the women.

And yet another study, this time on 410 65-92 year old men, found that by maintaining healthy DHEA levels, along with testosterone and IGF-1, longevity can be optimized.

Finally, in a study of 55-70 year old women, the application of a DHEA cream for a period of 4 months stopped their skin from aging, and even reversed some of the signs of aging.

Granted, that study looked at the effects of a topical cream, not a pill or some other form of supplement, but I thought it was interesting nonetheless.

And while I am certainly not elderly, at least not for another 30 years, I am at an age where my DHEA are naturally declining. So, I figure, why not?

I feel that the benefits of DHEA use outweigh any potential risks, at least for my body and the stage I am at in my life.

Those papers are just scratching the surface, there are plenty more when you search “DHEA” and “Pubmed” on Google, but I don’t want to be filming all day, you know?

Now, just to be clear, I’ve never taken any forms of testosterone, growth hormone, thyroid drugs, etc. So, DHEA is the extent of my hormone supplementation.

Nor am I on or considering getting on testosterone replacement therapy. I simply do not need it, and hopefully I never will. But, as I’ve said before, if I do ever end up deficient in the “big T”, I will hop on TRT. I see no shame in that! And it will be completely monitored by a doctor.

And I’ve done a comprehensive, research-based video on aging, testosterone, muscle loss, etc. And it really doesn’t appear to be a problem for your average guy, barring specific medical conditions or poor lifestyle choices of course.

I highly recommend that video for guys who are feeling depressed about getting older, and worried about their hormone levels, gains, and sex life.

Many guys might not ever need TRT. We just need to pursue healthy lifestyle habits while we’re younger, and maintain those into our golden years.

I made this video because people constantly ask me if I am a natural. So, I wanted to put this out there for the sake of transparency. At this point you all can form your own opinions, as people inevitably do.

Anyway, leave your thoughts and comments below.

REFERENCES

DHEA – Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements-dhea/art-20364199

Should You Take DHEA Supplements? https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/dhea-supplements

Effects of short-term DHEA intake on hormonal responses in young recreationally trained athletes: modulation by gender. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29322301

A research on the relationship between ejaculation and serum testosterone level in men. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12659241

Dehydroepiandrosterone supplementation in elderly men: a meta-analysis study of placebo-controlled trials. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23824417

DHEA enhances effects of weight training on muscle mass and strength in elderly women and men. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16787962

Long-term low-dose oral administration of dehydroepiandrosterone modulates adrenal response to adrenocorticotropic hormone in early and late postmenopausal women. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17145649

Relationship Between Low Levels of Anabolic Hormones and 6-Year Mortality in Older Men The Aging in the Chianti Area (InCHIANTI) Study https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/413465

Effects of topical DHEA on aging skin: a pilot study. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18242894

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