According to William LLewellyn, Dennis Weis and other well-known experts, the strategy of building an optimal cycle of anabolic steroids varies somewhat with age. It has been established that total testosterone starts to decrease in men from 50─55 years old to 0.8–1.6% per year, while bioactive (free) testosterone decreases already from 30–35 years at a speed of 2–3% per year. According to the Mayo Clinic, by the age of 70, testosterone levels fall by about 50%. The problem of reducing testosterone levels with age is one of the most pressing in medicine, and has become the main theme of the fifth World Congress on the problems of aging men in Salzburg. At the moment, it is well established that the male body after 50-60 years enters a state of andropause, similar to the female menopause.
The reasons for reducing the level of natural testosterone include a decrease in the function of the arc of the pituitary-hypothalamus-testes (HGN), as well as an increase in the concentration of sex hormone-binding globulin .
After about 40 years, the following features of male physiology are observed in response to taking anabolic steroids:
- greater suppression of secretion of own testosterone => slow recovery and greater rollback of the results
- more pronounced aromatization in estrogens => higher risk of developing gynecomastia , fluid accumulation
- more common complications of the cardiovascular system (in particular, high blood pressure )
- higher risk of baldness
- possible increase in uric acid levels, exacerbation of gout.
All this dictates the need for a more careful selection of anabolic drugs, as well as regimens that provide the most complete recovery after the cycle. It should be noted that incomplete recovery may reduce fertility; this must be taken into account if children are still planned in the future.
Features of building a cycles after 40
- It is imperative to perform a PSA blood test (PSA, prostate specific antigen) – the detection in the male blood of an endogenous substance that is produced by the cells of the prostate gland. PSA is a tumor marker for prostate cancer. With a positive test cycle is contraindicated.
- It is advisable to conduct laboratory tests of hormones and blood lipid profile before and after the cycle. If there are deviations (the level of total testosterone is especially important), then the subsequent tactics should be determined by the specialist individually.
- Requires systematic monitoring of blood pressure levels .
- Moderate dosages of anabolic drugs should be used.
- Cycle duration should be short (6-8 weeks)
- If the duration of the cycle exceeds 6 weeks, it is extremely necessary to administer gonadotropin at 500-250ME twice a week, starting at 3-4 weeks of the cycle and before the start of post-cycle therapy. Gonadotropin prevents desensitization and atrophy of the testes , and also accelerates subsequent recovery.
- The use of aromatase inhibitors is necessary if such drugs as testosterone, methandrostenolone and other aromatized steroids are used. Aromatase inhibitors prevent the development of gynecomastia, increase muscle density (eliminate the accumulation of fluid), reduce the suppression of the arc of HHH. Used in low dosages.
- Mandatory post cycle therapy (PCT)
- In order to obtain the maximum effect during the post-cycle therapy period, it is possible to conduct a cycle of growth hormone or peptides . This will allow to achieve additional relief and almost completely retain muscle mass, as well as strengthen the ligaments and joints, improve skin properties.
The choice of the drug. Opinions of experts differ in two main areas. Some recommend building cycles on the basis of testosterone (including combined), and others on the basis of softer anabolic agents. Summarizing the information, we can conclude that the best anabolic drugs for men after 40 years will be:
- Primobolan – PCT 2-3 weeks after the last injection.
- Turinabol – PCT 3 days after the end of the reception.
- Equipoise – PCT in 3-4 weeks.
- Testosterone enanthate or cypionate . Propionate often causes androgenic side effects, is inconvenient to use, and often there are complaints of constant pain at the injection sites. As the front loada possible to connect peryve 2-3 weeks Turinabol or methandrostenolone . PCT after 2 weeks.
These drugs are suitable for drying, if you follow the appropriate diet . Relief and muscle density will provide aromatase inhibitors. In addition, Winstrol and Anavar are preferred for drying .
Proviron is a safe drug with moderate activity, it allows to achieve relief and significantly increase sexual activity, while slightly affecting the endogenous hormonal background. Unsuitable for weight gain.