502 is an ok number and the actual number doesn’t matter so much as how you feel. Some guys need to get up over 700 or 800 to feel as well as they want, for other 502 is fine.
Testosterone replacement is just that replacing what the body is not producing and it is meant to be longterm. Watch out for fertility issues if you plan on having kids as T can decrease sperm quality. Clomid or HCG can be used to protect the testicle and sperm quality. It is important not to forget the estrogen as that can increase and needs to be checked. Most men need arimidex to balance the estrogen.
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I retired from my post in the NHS 2 years ago, as I was suffering from stress of everyday stresses as a Primary Child Mental Health Worker. I was good at my jopb, and loved my job – but the journey to work was full of traffic jams and fast driving, and then there were management demands which made the job more problematic than it might otherwise have been. My hair was thinning, and I was later diagnosed with clinical obesity, and prediabetes.
I was determined that this should not happen to me, and through myself into exercise, and avoiding stress situations. My hair is much improved but it still has gaps. My weight is much the same but my shape is improved, and my latest blood tests showed no sign for concern re diabetes. I feel that obesity, lack of exercise, and addiction to caffeine, tobacco, and carbohydrates (comfort food) are all contributing to modern day ills. I find your site illuminating! Thank you.