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Old 06-29-2011, 09:11 PM
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It would make things much easier if you'd copy/paste the actual article instead of just posting links.
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Here's the article. I think most people probably understand this stuff anyways. Still, it doesn't explain why Sonnen and Marquardt were going through HRT.

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Causes of Low Testosterone
Testosterone is one of the most important hormones in the human body and plays an especially important role in male health as its the main sex hormone. Low levels of testosterone can be caused by a variety of reasons like hypogonadism and zinc deficiency. Let us understand the role of testosterone in the human body and understand what causes a drop in its concentration.


Testosterone is a key steroid hormone produced in the body, which plays an important role in many fundamental physical processes. Hormones are essentially chemical signaling molecules, that activate certain processes in the body, through a receptor mechanism. A signaling molecule like testosterone, binds with the various chemical receptors in the body, to trigger various bodily processes. A steroid is a particular chemical type of hormone called terpenoid lipid.

It is the hormone that initiates most of the sexual developmental processes in a male and also contributes to other vital processes. Hence it is also called as the male sex hormone as it manifests all the typical male qualities and physical processes. The testosterone secretion timing and amount is regulated by the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland in the brain through a complex signaling mechanism. It is also produced in the female body but in comparatively very lesser amounts. The female equivalent of testosterone is estrogen, the female sex hormone.

Testosterone is synthesized from cholesterol by mostly the Leydig cells in the male testicles. In females, it is synthesized in the ovaries by Thecal cells in very small quantities. In males, testosterone plays the very important role of initiating sperm production in the sertoli cells of the male testes. Drop in the levels of testosterone causes problems in cognitive processes, depression, sleep disorders, fatigue, decrease in libido and erectile dysfunction. It is also known to cause excessive fat accumulation.

Causes of Low Testosterone

Low testosterone level (that is less than 3000 nanograms testosterone per liter) is caused by many reasons depending on age, physiology, diet, medical history and lifestyle. One of the major reasons behind the lowering of testosterone in blood, has been observed to be aging. Although there are exceptions, mostly after a man crosses forty years of age, the production of testosterone, has been known to go down at a rate of 1% to 2% every year. This is known to be the beginning of the andropause, which is a very gradual decrease in testosterone levels, ultimately leading to ceasing of sexual and reproductive ability. The rate of progression and conclusion of male menopause varies a lot, depending on the health of the individual.

The other major reason for low testosterone levels is hypogonadism. It may be a congenital (pre-birth development) disorder or an acquired one. Both differ, depending upon the source of the abnormality. Its called primary hypogonadism, if the reason for the low testosterone is the development of abnormality in the testicular production mechanism. The secondary type of hypogonadism is caused by an abnormality in the pituitary gland in the brain, which indirectly controls the testicular production of testosterone.

There are other diseases which cause a decrease in testosterone. The type 2 diabetes or diabetes milletus causes a significant decrease in its levels. Consumption of drugs like glucocorticoids, used in the treatment of acute allergic disorders, ketoconazole, used in the treatment of skin infections and a deficiency of zinc in diet, have been known to indirectly cause a decrease in testosterone.

Other factors contributing to dropping levels of the hormone are the use of drugs. Drugs like opium, adversely affect many physical processes of the body. Depleting layers of testosterone, may also be a result of the onset of testicular cancer, which jeopardizes the reproductive mechanism in a male.

Hormonal imbalances like these are thus caused by a range of problems in the human body. A yearly body check up and blood testing can detect any alarming signs of abnormality. Listen to your body carefully and monitor even small changes that occur. This goes a long way in detecting such hormonal imbalances, which can then be treated effectively. Regular strength building exercises have been known to stimulate testosterone production. So staying active and exercising may increase your chances of maintaining the testosterone levels naturally!
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Here's the article. I think most people probably understand this stuff anyways. Still, it doesn't explain why Sonnen and Marquardt were going through HRT.
IMO, Marquardt's on HRT because of the supplements that made him pop positive before.
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IMO, Marquardt's on HRT because of the supplements that made him pop positive before.
That's what I was thinking as well. He was already screwing with his body's natural hormone balance and now he's paying the price. Perhaps he'll get bitch tits later in life, lol
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That's what I was thinking as well. He was already screwing with his body's natural hormone balance and now he's paying the price. Perhaps he'll get bitch tits later in life, lol
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IMO, Marquardt's on HRT because of the supplements that made him pop positive before.
It's a possibility, but outside factors would have to play a factor. Most cases you can eventually return to your normal levels, its when you really abuse it or take a concoction that your in danger. Also age plays a factor as well, young adults who abuse the stuff will screw up their T-Levels, some say 18 and younger, others say 21 and under.

What he did prior or after his pos test is anyones guess so you can't rule it out. For all I know he could have purposely ••••ed his own T-Levels up just so he could get on the treatment.
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For all I know he could have purposely ••••ed his own T-Levels up just so he could get on the treatment.
I'm not necessarily disagreeing but why would he do that? Would the treatment really give him a considerable edge in competition?

I just don't understand the whole HRT thing.
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Three Strikes and You’re Out: Dana White Says He’s Done with Nate Marquardt
Posted on June 30, 2011 by Damon Martin

The saga now simply known as “Nate-Gate,” surrounding Nate Marquardt’s removal from UFC on Versus 4 and his subsequent firing by UFC president Dana White, has not only cost him a job, but now he’s been black-balled by the organization.

With fans outpouring for Marquardt to get a second chance after he revealed the nature of the hormone replacement therapy that boosted his testosterone to unacceptable levels by athletic commission standards, White took the time to expand on why he will not be back in the UFC again.

He explained that bringing Marquardt back wouldn’t simply be a second chance, it’s more like three strikes and you’re out.

“To me this is his fourth chance; this would be a fourth chance,” White told MMAWeekly.com on Thursday. “He tested positive before, then apparently he was on suspension with New Jersey because his levels were high, then he comes into (Pittsburgh) and he doesn’t pass his medicals. Now you tell me is that fourth chance or is that a second chance? Sounds like a fourth chance to me.”

The previous positive test that White spoke about stems from a UFC fight in 2005 when, after a win over Ivan Salaverry, Marquardt tested positive for nandrolone metabolite, an anabolic steroid.

Marquardt categorically denied the charges, saying that the substance came from an over-the-counter supplement, but was suspended for five months by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

White admits that Marquardt is well liked among fight fans and by everyone inside the UFC, but it doesn’t mask the fact that he did something wrong and he deserved to be punished for it.

“Nate’s a nice guy, he’s a real sweet, nice, humble guy, but the facts are the facts,” said White. “It’s easier to go after a guy like Josh Barnett, you know what I mean? He’s just callous and rude and a dick, so it’s easier when he does it to just go, you know what? (Expletive) Josh Barnett. The difference is Nate’s such a sweet, nice guy with the same results.”

White also points to the timeline for when he was notified about Marquardt’s standing with the commission that led to his eventual firing. The UFC president says that employees within Zuffa who deal with medicals were notified about Marquardt’s situation, but he was never personally involved in the dealings until two days before weigh-ins for the UFC on Versus 4 event.

“I literally didn’t know that till Thursday, but the people in my organization did. The people who handle the medicals and things like that. I was pretty upset about it when I found out about it on Thursday. If I would have known earlier, I would have made sure it was taken care of differently,” White stated.

Whether the outcry and pleads for Marquardt to be reinstated are loud or soft, White was emphatic in saying that he has fought his last fight in the UFC.

“Nate’s done,” said White. “I’m done with Nate.”

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