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TRT On The Rise

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Most recently in the MMA world, the topic of Testosterone Replacement Therapy has been brought up more times than ever before. In fact, most MMA fans had never heard of it until Cheal Sonnen tested positive for extremely high levels of testosterone after his submission loss to Anderson Silva. TRT is a treatment for men with low testosterone.

This is a subject I feel very strongly about, and I lack the ability to beat around the bush when it comes to the issue. These guys are fighters! These guys literally chose a profession in which you take off your shirt, hop into a cage, and brawl with another man. Thats how they make a living. Does it sound realistic that men with low testosterone would get into this profession? Suddenly Vitor Belfort has low testosterone? Cheal Sonnen? Frank Mir? Chris Leben? Jon Fitch? Dan Henderson?

This actually brings me to my next point, which is that most of the fighters who are now prescribed TRT, are former steroid abusers. Steroids when abused, can permanently decrease your bodies ability to produce testosterone. Which would explain the need for something like TRT in fighters who have been popped for abuse before.

I do not entirely disagree with fighters taking TRT when they are tested monthly. I am not so harsh that I would wish someones career permanent damage for a mistake they made taking steroids years before. But I don’t think that it is such a rude question to ask that they at least be honest about it. Say “Hey, I messed up when I was younger and now I take enough TRT to test the same levels as the average male” Instead of pretending this is some lifelong struggle they have been battling since they were teenagers. Is it to much to ask that we not be lied to?