If you test out as deficient in testosterone, or if you have symptoms of low testosterone, you likely want to do something about it. There are definitely over-the-counter supplements designed for this very purpose. ( Alpha Male® and Tribex® are the most potent.) And while effective, they're best used by healthy younger men who want a boost in T levels for bodybuilding purposes. They probably aren't the best choice for men who are clinically low and who've made the choice to undergo what's usually a lifetime commitment to testosterone replacement therapy, or TRT.
Our sport has reached a dangerous crossroad, where it seems that too many athletes (pro and amateur) have become walking time bombs, with the prospect of a future lived in poor health (or worse) being the only trophy they can look forward to. Consider the following lifestyle: use liberal amounts of steroids, growth hormone and insulin ; kick in an array of exotic substances for God knows what; add huge quantities of food every two hours that severely overtax the human digestive system; throw in a heavy dose of painkillers (some narcotic in nature); adopt an MO that requires dropping 40 or 50 pounds twice a year in a 12-week period; peak on contest day by means of diuretics so as to be bone dry and severely dehydrated. We don’t have to fund a Harvard research project to figure out that such a regimen is a recipe for physical disaster.
Sadly, IFBB Pro Don Long may have gotten himself into some steroid troubles. According to News4JAX, Don Long, Sarah Long and Armando F. Aman were among 5 people indicted as their part of a conspiracy to distribute steroids. If convicted, each could face 10 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. According to the indictment, the group " conspired to manufacture, distribute, and possess with intent to distribute anabolic steroids" from December 2013 through September 2016. Shelby Phillips, and Taylor Salvione have also been named in connection with the case. The steroid bust was part of collaboration between the DEA, the . Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the . Postal Inspection Service, the . Customs and Border Patrol, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the Jacksonville Beach Police Department, the Green Cove Springs Police Department, the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, and the . Anti-Doping Agency. Don Long is a really nice guy and we hope he's cleared of any invovlement in this.