Bodybuilder health checklist--things to discuss w your doctor

  • Patroclus77

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    Jun 28, 2014 10:36 PM GMT
    Here is a list of things you should discuss or request from your doctor if you are a bodybuilder, especially if you are one of the "big boys." (Legal disclaimer, free advice, no promises, etc.). Feel free to share w people who may be interested:

    1. Prostate exam/PSA--get your prostate and prostate specific antigen levels checked, the testosterone supplementation can drive prostate cancer growth, so make sure yours is healthy.
    2. Liver function tests--oral steroids can mess with your liver and this easy blood test will let you know if you need to "lay off" or avoid altogether.
    3. Echocardiogram--Especially for the big boys, this well let you know your heart is in good shape and not taking damage from trying to pump that big blood supply to all of that extra muscle tissue
    4. Lipids--Supplemental testosterone can mess with your lipid levels (cholesterol, triglycerides in your blood), easy blood test.
    5. Kidney function tests--For reasons that are a little unclear, the supplementation has been shown to screw w your kidneys and some notable "big boys" have needed transplants. But, these may be hard to measure or interpret for a bodybuilder (extra muscle mass and high protein diet mucks w the numbers, so bring up that point to your doctor--he may have forgotten!)
    6. If at all possible/comfortable, let your interest know you are supplementing, so he can take items 1-5 seriously.

    Be healthy and get swole!
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    Jun 28, 2014 11:52 PM GMT
    So basically, if you're not taking supplemental testosterone or synthetic hormones, you'll be fine for the most part.

    Does "bodybuilder" imply supplemental hormones? Agree or disagree?



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    Jun 28, 2014 11:56 PM GMT
    That's not how you spell juicer...
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    Jun 29, 2014 5:53 AM GMT
    Might be safer to have the blood tests done yourself at a commercial lab.
    The doc I've seen generally goes back to his office, then comes back and recites, word for word, the same shit I just read on the internet before I went to see him. icon_rolleyes.gif
  • Joeyphx444

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    Jun 29, 2014 10:33 PM GMT
    Only older men take testosterone and more crap like that
  • frogman89

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    Jun 30, 2014 7:40 PM GMT
    The fact that there is already such a long list to check before starting juice should be an alarm signal.

    Especially since the heart, liver and kidney so delicate. They can get damaged so easily. Why put them at risk?
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    Jun 30, 2014 8:12 PM GMT
    OP is seriously fucked up.

    Keep yourself healthy while doing roids? Seriously? Are you on dru...nevermind.
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    Jun 30, 2014 8:22 PM GMT
    I think I'll stick to lean meats, veggies, nuts/seeds, fruits, and eggs. Anything else is just hype.
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    Jul 01, 2014 4:48 AM GMT
    Talk to a doctor about real health? Ha, ha.
  • Patroclus77

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    Jul 03, 2014 9:02 PM GMT
    The unwritten advice is, "if you aren't comfortable talking to your doc, find a new one." Look for someone who has done family medicine w a sports medicine fellowship, they are often less naive about the items listed above.