Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Creatine Monohydrate Supplementation May Boost DHT Levels

On pudmed.org there is a new study released showing that supplementing with creatine monohydrate may increase serum DHT levels and increase the DHT to T ratio.

Essentially, the rugby players mentioned in the study loaded with 25g of creatine (along with 25g of glucose, which helps with creatine digestion and uptake) each day for 7 days, then decreased the amount to 5g of creatine with 25g of glucose per day for two more weeks. Serum DHT and T levels were taken at baseline, 7 days, and 21 days and there was a significant increase in DHT (56% at 7 days, 40% at 21). The ratio of DHT to T also increased, 36% at baseline and 22% at day 21.

I have another blood test slated for the last half of November so I'll talk to my doctor about creatine then. Since my DHT was a sliver low on my last blood tests, creatine may be a good solution, seeing as I have a good-sized tub of creatine in my supplement cabinet.

Of course, I'm not a college age rugby player so the results may not be the same for me but any boost that comes from it could be a good thing.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Rambling, rambling, rambling

Haven't updated in a long time, obviously. I'm going to try and correct that and keep updating regularly.

Kettlebell training has been going well, but I am still not performing at a level that I should be. Maybe poor nutrition, maybe insufficient rest, but more likely overall stress levels and the ongoing issues with testosterone and all that. I've been working with a doc to get everything figured out, however I am still not happy with my overall progress.

I'm trying to be patient, which is a difficult thing for me to do. My doc just increased my T dosage a little bit, so I'm hoping that things will smooth out a little. My estradiol still seems a bit high, higher than what a guy my age, with my T levels, should have according to some things I've read.

As far as nutrition goes, I'm still *mostly* following the vegetarian diet I mentioned in previous posts, though I have slipped a little. Even with messing up some, I've still lost more weight and at the latest weighing (late last week) I weighed 208, down from my original of 220-222.

I truly need to buckle down and clean up the eating, which is not easy given the difficulty of doing so when family members and friends eat terribly, along with my love/hate relationship with fast food. The stuff is truly garbage and I hate the way it draws me in. Damn our genetic weaknesses towards high fat, sodium, and sweetness!

As for my kettlebell training, I've been doing Turkish Getups and swings almost exclusively for several months and have benefited greatly. Only a few alternative lifts otherwise, mostly just to break the monotony.

Last week I decided to try a kettlebell snatch test, trying to see how long it would take me to get 100 snatches done with a 16kg bell. It took me approximately 6 minutes, 45 seconds. My form wasn't perfect but it's getting there.

Overall, I was rather surprised that I knocked it all out, though I did get some cramping in my right hand and my calluses were catching. What got me was the terrible muscle soreness I experienced several days later. That was the worst case of DOMS I'd ever felt in anything other than calves, but I can admit that setting that time was well worth the pain.

More later, as it's getting late and I'm trying to train myself to get to sleep at a reasonable hour.