Thick blood and testosterone
Just wanted to update you guys its been long overdue. Below is the screen capture from my blood tests.
I had a drop about a little over a point. That’s what you can expect from the blood donation.
SEE ATTACHED VIDEO.
Here are links to private labs for blood work if you are interested.
Thick blood and testosterone – The last few blood tests I’ve had Thick blood come back in the test results. I was able to temporary fix this but during my cycle my mid cycle test came back thick again (My Hemoglobin results 18.1) .
This is obviously an issue so I’ll be going over the next step in getting this taken care of.
The obvious reasons for thick blood being an issue is blood clotting and heart attack risk. This isn’t “normal” per say but it is a very common side effect of using things like AAS and being on TRT. This is why it is so important to get blood work done and monitor yourself. These are things you will NOT feel. This is why it is so important even If you feel great and look amazing on the outside there may be things going on on the inside you aren’t aware of that could be detrimental to your health.
Below are natural things you can do to keep things like thick blood at bay.
- Drink LOTS of water! I’m at a min of a gal per day. While I’m on cycle I try my hardest to get no less than 1.5 gal per day. Do this and you’ll be half way there.
- Take Omega-3 supplements. The dose usually recommended to prevent stroke and coronary disease is 1,000 mg daily of DHA and EPA.
- B vitamins. Numerous studies have shown that regular intake of folic acid and other B vitamins can reduce the risk for ischemic stroke by about one-fifth. Low levels of these vitamins can lead to abnormally high levels of homocysteine, which damage blood vessels. If you have elevated levels of homocysteine, use a formula designated on the label as a homocysteine formula that includes folic acid and vitamins B-6 and B-12.
- Vitamin E. Vitamin E is a natural blood thinner. Dose: 1,200 international units (IU) to 2,000 IU daily of a vitamin E supplement. Look for a brand that says “mixed vitamin E” or lists all eight tocopherols and tocotrienols on the label.
- Coated Aspirin. While this will not “fix” thick blood issues, it is a blood thinner and reduce blood thickness, however this will not change your hemoglobin number results. Daily does approx. 300mg
Blood donation for regulating thick blood
The following are steps you can take to regulate thick blood issues that step beyond regular supplementation, water, and food adjustments.
When you have adjusted everything you need to and still get thick blood, DONATE IT!
This is a very common practice, and TRT patients can and do donate as often as every 4 weeks.
This can be highly beneficial to ANYONE even if you are NOT a user of AAS or Testosterone.
We all know those people that have panic attacks about their oil change in their car, talking about how their car won’t perform the same way or even break down, however never eat healthy, exercise, drink much fluid or any water, just soda and total junk, and countless other bad habits.
YOUR BLOOD IS YOUR OIL. CHANGE IT!!!
This is big. In my personal opinion everyone that can, should utilize this free service. Especially for us older guys. We have old oil pumping through our veins and it’s important to get rid of it and replenish yourself.
THICK BLOOD, WHAT AM I LOOKING FOR?
When you are having your blood tested especially for TRT and AAS users, the blood issue that is most common is high hemoglobin.
Normal ranges of hemoglobin will range from
MEN: 13.5 to 17.5 grams per deciliter (g/dl)
WOMEN: 12.1 to 15.5 grams per deciliter (g/dl)
High ranges will be is the ranges of hemoglobin will range
It’s not uncommon to have high ranges from 18 to 26
THIS IS HIGH BUT NOT UNCOMMON. OBVIOUSLY THE 26 IS IN THE HIGH DANGER ZONE CATEGORY. THESE HIGH RISK PATIENTS TYPICALLY DONATE EVERY 4 WEEKS
DONATING BLOOD. WHAT TO EXPECT.
Id highly recommend to actually speak to a representative if this is your first time donating blood.
You will want to explain to them that you use testosterone.
This is generally what they will categorize you under.
- Whole Blood Donation (If you use testosterone or AAS this will be your only option. This simply means you are donating the blood not filtering it.)
- Category TT – meaning testosterone user. It is important to let them know you are a user of testosterone. This prevents accidental donation to a pregnant women. Blood donation to a pregnant woman may have adverse effects on her child. Please be honest even if you are using as a self-prescribed (non script) user.
PRE APPOINTMENT TASKS.
After you set up your appointment they will send you pre appointment PDF information for you to read. READ IT. IT’S EASY. COMMON YOU GUYS….
You’ll most likely be asked to not fill out your history questionnaire till the DAY OF THE APPOINTMENT.
If this is your first time you’ll only need your ID and paperwork you filled out. This will have a electronic signature and they WILL know if you filled it out previously so if you have done that, they will just make you fill it out again so just follow the rules. After you have donated the first time, you’ll be given a donor number or donor card. You’ll need to bring both for future appointments.
EAT LOTS AND LOTS OF FOOD AND DRINK TONS OF WATER PRE APPOINTMENT!
Not to scare anyone but you may have a bad reaction to the donation if you have not had adequate food and water. I personally had a bad reaction this past time even though I had had 3 meals already BUT they were very lean meals. BIG MISTAKE.
I highly recommend if you have a cheat day save it for your donation day and eat BIG. You’ll thank me later. That being said there were at least 9 other people in the room donating and no one else had a bad reaction at all.
You will lose about a gram of sodium when donating so eat tons of salted peanuts, fries, burgers, whatever. I have heard people say that you shouldn’t eat fatty foods pre appointment, HOWEVER after my last visit they did confirm that is wrong information that I should have eaten as much junk as possible pre appointment. Just a heads up.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN ONCE I ARRIVE AT MY APPOINTMENT?
- Once you arrive you will need to check in.
- Have your paperwork with the printed off scanner bar code so they can scan it and see when you filled out your history. IF you did this on your phone they can scan the phone as well.
- You will have a one on one with a nurse and they will ask you questions pertaining to your history, check your paperwork, and go over questions about the blood donation.
- They will take your blood pressure. (Please do not have a bunch of coffee or energy drinks prior to your appointment. They cannot and will not let you donate with elevated blood pressure)
- They will take a sample of blood (much like a diabetes test). This is to test your hemoglobin numbers.
- If all things are go, they will take you to the floor for you blood donation.
- The actual sit time while donating is approx. 10 to 15min.
- After the donation is complete. They will ask you to stay while they monitor you for 15min. this is only to make sure you do not have a negative reaction after donation.
- During you monitoring post donation time they will give you juice, cookies etc. to get you blood sugar back up.
- Appointments last approx. 1 hour from arrival, pre testing, donation, and post donation 15min monitoring.
HOW WILL THIS IMPACT MY HEMOGLOBIN NUMBERS?
You can expect a significant drop of about 1 to 1.5. Over time if you are doing everything else to stay healthy (Lots of water etc.) and you continue donations, you can float your hemoglobin numbers at very healthy levels of 13 or even below as reported by the nurse staff.
HOW LONG WILL THIS IMPACT MY HEMOGLOBIN NUMBERS?
Unfortunately with TRT users this is not a onetime fix. As you monitor your blood work you may or will see your hemoglobin numbers rise again. You will need to continue to do what you can naturally with food, supplements, and lots of water, AND continue to donate your blood. This will keep your numbers at reasonable levels.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I DONATE?
Depending on your situation there are a few options.
If you are “self medicated” your option is maximum every 8 weeks (Free Service).
If you have a doctor script for testosterone this will depend on your doctor. If your doctor thinks it necessary he or she may write you a script for therapeutic blood donation as often as every 4 weeks. There usually is a fee attached to this process so if you can get away with it and keep your health and numbers in check you can opt for the every 8 to 10 week donation (Free Service)
At the end of the day the things we put into our bodies affect us in ways we can necessarily see on the outside. It’s important to keep on top of and monitor the most important thing we have, our bodies. We can get a different car, a different place to live, different electronics, yet so many people are pre occupied with maintaining those less important tasks while ignoring the biggest gift they have every been given, The most complex machine in the world, their own human body.
And one more thing. This isn’t just about an “oil change” unless you have a unique situation THEY CAN USE YOUR BLOOD TO HELP SOMEONE ELSE. So do something good for you, and someone else … and GIVE BLOOD!
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