I'm 55 and very active male. About 2 1/2 years ago I began on Androderm for low-t, while at the same time beginning a very intense workout regime that continues to the present. A year ago I began a cleanse where I eliminated gluten, dairy, caffeine, animal-products, etc...I felt great, but lost a lot of weight and, as my wife said, was looking sick and like a skeleton. So, I went back to eating animal protein, more starches and fats.
However, starting about 3 months ago - I returned to a mostly vegan diet and a loss of energy in my workouts, longer recovery time, and loss of vitality in my life began. I went back in for blood tests and the doctor found my testosterone verrrryy low. Then she asked if I wanted to do the blood test which checks for Growth Hormone deficiency. I did, and the tests came back that I had the numbers one would expect to see in a 65 year old. So, I've begun on HGH injections. Still no dairy, no animal products - tho some caffeine, sugar, and gluten. I've been on the injections for 2 weeks - the doc said improvements should be felt within a month. I'm hoping. However, I do not like the idea of being on Androderm for the rest of my life - or, a life filled with periods of HGH injections.
Has anyone been on testosterone medication and come off of it? Is there a more natural way, that has some research to back it up? I know this stuff can be dangerous - but, being on the low end of the spectrum is not an option for me.