Should There Be Testosterone Limits For Women In Athletics?

South African sports scientist Ross Tucker and transgender medical physicist Joanna Harper have written a fascinating piece on women’s sports, and the current lack of any limits on testosterone levels in female track and field athletes. This issue is likely to be one of the most controversial and important discussions at this year’s Rio Olympics.

Source: Should There Be Testosterone Limits For Women In Athletics?

Semenya and other intersex runners didn’t choose to be born with physical traits that give them an advantage any more than Kevin Durant did, but women’s sports exist to give them a chance at competing against equal competition. Whatever the decision, somebody’s going to lose.

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Do the Herbs in Natural Erection Supplements Really Make You Harder?

The companies that market so-called “natural” sexual health supplements make a lot of promises, especially when they’re pitching more frequent and harder erections. But do the herbs they put in those pills actually, y’know… work?

Last month, a group of urologists from the Wake Forest School of Medicine checked for you. They surveyed the 30 best-selling male sexual health “nutraceuticals” and combed through the published literature looking for medical research on the most frequently used ingredients.

Here’s what they learned about the science behind the 5 most frequently used herbs on the list.

Source: Do the Herbs in Natural Erection Supplements Really Make You Harder?

I guess there’s some stiff competition? 😉

Maternal Testosterone Exposure Increases Offspring’s Anxiety

Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) have elevated levels of testosterone and its chemical relatives. They also have an increased risk of anxiety and depression. Both sons and daughters of women with PCOS have similar symptoms, so it might be transmitted through traditional genetic means. But the idea is gaining traction that it is the fetal environment—specifically, the fact that the fetuses of mothers with PCOS are gestating in high levels of testosterone—that’s associated with the problems.

Source: Maternal testosterone exposure increases offspring’s anxiety

Sadly, no news on how to alleviate the issue.  Just that we’ve confirmed a link.

You Can Raise Your Testosterone Levels Just By Acting Aggressive

We’ve known for a while that testosterone is associated with aggressive behavior. But a fascinating new experiment reveals that these hormones are a two-way street: Simply acting aggressive can also raise levels of testosterone, in both women and men.

Source: You Can Raise Your Testosterone Levels Just By Acting Aggressive

There’s confirmation that testosterone is detrimental to mens’ health…  But there are other ways to raise the testosterone level without resorting to abuse.  Here’s 5 reasons to get your testosterone levels checked.

Skip the Tiny Weights: Weight Lifting Isn’t That Different for Women

So many strength workouts for women stray from actual strength and power development, emphasizing lighter weights. This perpetuates the notion that the workouts men do somehow just aren’t for us. But that isn’t the case. Women can and should weight train just as intensely, and with the same exercises and programs, as men, if they want to.

Source: Skip the Tiny Weights: Weight Lifting Isn’t That Different for Women

It’s all about what works for you.

Study: Testosterone Replacement Therapy Increases Longevity In Men

Older men whose low testosterone is restored to normal through gels, patches, or injections have a lower risk of heart attack, stroke, or death from any cause, compared to men who are not treated, scientists, including one of Indian-origin, have found.

Source: Testosterone replacement therapy may help men live longer

It wasn’t that long ago that I posted an article about the experimental treatment of administering testosterone.  The sample size and number of years is impressive – this isn’t a case of 100 or less being sampled.  What I have not been able to find is what the “acceptable level” is…

I, and I’m sure most medical professionals would agree, suggest pursuing natural means of raising testosterone levels before going for medication.

Court: Female Athlete With Male Hormone Levels Has a Right to Compete

The final appeals court for global sports further blurred the line separating male and female athletes on Monday, ruling that a common factor in distinguishing the sexes — the level of natural testosterone in an athlete’s body — is insufficient to bar some women from competing against females.

Source: Dutee Chand, Female Sprinter With High Testosterone Level, Wins Right to Compete

Yesterday that I posted news about people with special genetic conditions

I like that the findings present that gender is not as “black & white” as we generally perceive it to be.  Consider transgender, which is quickly becoming an issue in other competitive sports.  Particularly male-to-female (M2F) competing as the gender they identify as.  Female crossfit competitors were contesting against M2F competitors being allowed in their category, as M2F would have a physiological advantage for muscle.  There’s been some news about M2F MMA competitors who hit/etc harder/different than female competitors – to this, I’ve understood it to be a matter of technique rather than physical strength.

Competing against peers has always been the primary goal.  Otherwise, if there was no gender distinction – some events, no female would ever win.  Which wouldn’t encourage women to compete…  There are also para-olympic games, for those with physical disability.  And I know a few who’ve represented my country in the transplant games, where competitors are transplant recipients.  With enough community support, I could see transgender games in the same fashion as para or transplant.  Or maybe we’ll see a leveling of the field via the testosterone/etc testing to determine which category a competitor falls into?

Another issue to consider is that the Olympics are motivated by business – viewership determines what coverage will occur, and what events will happen at all.  The winter Olympics including curling had a tremendous impact on people coming out for curling, so it’s important for advertising ones sport.

How Do Steroids Actually Work?

Steroids seem to have two functions: making people strong and screwing up their lives. We’ll take a look at how steroids accomplish both of these tasks. From bulking muscles to shrinking testicles, this is what happens when you put a steroid in your body.

Source: How Do Steroids Actually Work?

What the article doesn’t mention is that we’re getting more data on those who’ve used steroids, to know that users don’t loose a lot of the gains.  This is why steroid related bans are getting longer.

The other sad reality about profession sport is the reality that the majority of the top are using.  Once in a while someone gets busted…

How Anabolic Steroids Make You Stronger – And How They Destroy You

The quick and dirty route to gaining strength is to take some kind of anabolic steroid. These drugs actually trick the body into building up muscle mass and endurance — but they can also age you far beyond your years.

Anabolic steroids work because they masquerade as one of the body’s basic hormones: testosterone.

Source: How Anabolic Steroids Make You Stronger – And How They Destroy You

Live fast, die young.

I remember a body builder visiting our school to speak about taking steroids.  He won a car at one point, but couldn’t drive it – he was too big to fit in it.  Most live long enough to regret the decision to use steroids.