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FINASTERIDE (PROSCAR)

The hormone dihydrotestosterone, a normal by-product of testosterone metabolism, causes prostate enlargement. Lowering DHT levels, therefore, should be useful in reining in a major hormonal stimulus to continued prostate growth. Finasteride (Proscar) inhibits the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone, causing an 80 percent fall in blood DHT levels and a decrease in prostate size, and […]

WHAT CAN BE DONE WITH DHT?

Our group has been involved in projects using DHT in gel form to treat two groups of men — those with a condition called AIDS wasting syndrome (AWS) and elderly men with low serum testosterone levels. We have used DHT gel to reverse some of the ravages of AWS. Men with AWS suffer a progressive […]

WHY DOES TESTOSTERONE BUT NOT DIHYDROTESTOSTERONE TREATMENT INCREASE A MAN’S PSA LEVELS?

A man’s prostate gland siphons testosterone from his bloodstream. Then an enzyme within the prostate gland converts the trapped testosterone to DHT. It is this DHT made by and retained within the prostate that is one of the factors responsible for prostate gland growth. As far as we know, the prostate gland does not pluck […]

IS DHT AN IMPORTANT HORMONAL REGULATOR OF MALE SEXUALITY?

Several lines of reasoning indicate that DHT may be a more important modulator of male sexuality than previously believed. When 100 healthy young male army recruits had baseline hormone measurements and then were asked to record their sexual activity, those with the highest baseline serum DHT level proved to be the most sexually active. But […]

PROPECIA FOR MEN WITH MALE-PATTERN BALDNESS

Symptoms of balding are not subtle. Men will note some early hair loss simply by looking in the mirror. Almost all men experience, and accept, some thinning of the hair as they age, but when there is an accelerated hair loss at an early age, men do become concerned. The 1-mg finasteride pill sold under […]

WHAT IS DIHYDROTESTOSTERONE?

Dihydrotestosterone is created when a man’s body decides what to do with all the testosterone he has. By an efficient means of disposal called metabolism, a man’s body is equipped to convert testosterone to other sexually active hormones or innocuous inactive hormones. The testosterone that is manufactured in a man’s testicles is released into his […]

AIDS AND TESTOSTERONE

A below-normal serum testosterone level (hypogonadism) is the most common hormone abnormality found in men with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). In some cases, this is the result of viruses or other microorganisms invading and disabling the testicle’s testosterone-producing capability. More often, the hypogonadism results from subnormal pituitary signals to the testicle, a condition referred to […]

AAS USE AND THE “ARRAY”

Breast enlargement, acne, and edema are undesirable and disadvantageous to athletes and bodybuilders, so AAS users must resort to other medications — anti-estrogens to combat breast enlargement, anti-acne medications to cope with unwanted blemishes, and diuretics to purge the edema from their bodies. The supplemental medications needed to short-circuit the undesirable side effects of AAS […]

MALE BREAST ENLARGEMENT (GYNECOMASTIA)

Men may first notice embarrassing breast enlargement during their teenage years. The sudden surge in adolescent testosterone and its metabolic spinover seems to overwhelm the body at first. The temporary torrent of estradiol distorts the balance of power, altering the young teenager’s testosterone-estradiol T/E) ratio. For a brief period of time, the relative excess of […]

SIDE EFFECTS OF TESTOSTERONE SUPPLEMENTS

High-dose testosterone does not linger unchanged in a man’s bloodstream and must be processed (metabolized) by the body. Some testosterone wends its way through a man’s bloodstream unaltered, but a portion is transformed to other active products like the powerful male hormone dihydrotestosterone or the female hormone estradiol or is alternatively transformed into inert hormone […]