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The Definitive Health Thread

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Can someone add some info on GI problems? Seems to be a thread everyday about someone having GI distress of some sort.

Gastroesophageal reflux
Bloating
Indigestion
Gastroenteritis
Ulcers
IBS, IBS+D
Colitis

These are just a few of the many I have seen here again and again over the years.
 

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Definitely worth mentioning that people get a sleep study (or self use cpap if insurance doesn't cover it)

A lot of issues covered through methods like blood donations, BP meds, stimulants for alertness; can be fixed with managing OSA

I'm hopefully getting one this week; I had my in person sleep study and had the best sleep in the past 6 years in those 4 hours. Now I await a call from the DME company to deliver my cpap
 

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Can someone add some info on GI problems? Seems to be a thread everyday about someone having GI distress of some sort.

Gastroesophageal reflux
Bloating
Indigestion
Gastroenteritis
Ulcers
IBS, IBS+D
Colitis

These are just a few of the many I have seen here again and again over the years.
There’s not a lot that can be done for ibs d. Viberzi is the only fda approved treatment for ibs but you can’t use it if you’ve ever had gall stones or had tour gall bladder removed. My understanding is most ibs is misdiagnosed sibo. Glutamine can help sooth and heal the lining of the gut. I just recently watched a podcast with a renowned Gi doc and he suggested 40 mgs first week, 30 mgs 2nd week, and 20 for the next two weeks to begin healing. Managing anxiety is also crucial and Sarai’s can help with some of the discomfort. Fermented foods are good and s. Bouilardii has shown to be helpful as well
 

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There’s not a lot that can be done for ibs d. Viberzi is the only fda approved treatment for ibs but you can’t use it if you’ve ever had gall stones or had tour gall bladder removed. My understanding is most ibs is misdiagnosed sibo. Glutamine can help sooth and heal the lining of the gut. I just recently watched a podcast with a renowned Gi doc and he suggested 40 mgs first week, 30 mgs 2nd week, and 20 for the next two weeks to begin healing. Managing anxiety is also crucial and Sarai’s can help with some of the discomfort. Fermented foods are good and s. Bouilardii has shown to be helpful as well
This was supposed to say ssri’s, not sarai’s
 

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There’s not a lot that can be done for ibs d. Viberzi is the only fda approved treatment for ibs but you can’t use it if you’ve ever had gall stones or had tour gall bladder removed. My understanding is most ibs is misdiagnosed sibo. Glutamine can help sooth and heal the lining of the gut. I just recently watched a podcast with a renowned Gi doc and he suggested 40 mgs first week, 30 mgs 2nd week, and 20 for the next two weeks to begin healing. Managing anxiety is also crucial and Sarai’s can help with some of the discomfort. Fermented foods are good and s. Bouilardii has shown to be helpful as well
Mine is almost always brought on by anxiety. It can also come on when I start doing a lot of abdominal work which is almost positively muscle spasms but feel almost identical. I think they're both brought on by intestinal spasms. Once I get past the first few weeks, I'm usually okay from there. I think people should use digestive enzymes more liberally. And SIBO can be treated with antibiotics. I just don't know enough about it. Any of it.
 

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Mine is almost always brought on by anxiety. It can also come on when I start doing a lot of abdominal work which is almost positively muscle spasms but feel almost identical. I think they're both brought on by intestinal spasms. Once I get past the first few weeks, I'm usually okay from there. I think people should use digestive enzymes more liberally. And SIBO can be treated with antibiotics. I just don't know enough about it. Any of it.
It can be treated with antibiotics, but it’s a slippery slope as overuse of antibiotics is also one of the leading causes of sibo.
 

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There’s not a lot that can be done for ibs d. Viberzi is the only fda approved treatment for ibs but you can’t use it if you’ve ever had gall stones or had tour gall bladder removed. My understanding is most ibs is misdiagnosed sibo. Glutamine can help sooth and heal the lining of the gut. I just recently watched a podcast with a renowned Gi doc and he suggested 40 mgs first week, 30 mgs 2nd week, and 20 for the next two weeks to begin healing. Managing anxiety is also crucial and Sarai’s can help with some of the discomfort. Fermented foods are good and s. Bouilardii has shown to be helpful as well

Heavy I think you mean grams not milligrams.
 

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I want to add magnesium to this thread. You should supplement it, seriously. If even half of what they know is true, you need a lot of it. Involved in just about every process an athlete needs. Whether you're an athlete like myself or an on stage bodybuilder, it's worth a look. This is an excerpt from nih.gov Link click here--> Nih.gov Magnesium

Introduction​

Magnesium, an abundant mineral in the body, is naturally present in many foods, added to other food products, available as a dietary supplement, and present in some medicines (such as antacids and laxatives). Magnesium is a cofactor in more than 300 enzyme systems that regulate diverse biochemical reactions in the body, including protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control, and blood pressure regulation [1-3]. Magnesium is required for energy production, oxidative phosphorylation, and glycolysis. It contributes to the structural development of bone and is required for the synthesis of DNA, RNA, and the antioxidant glutathione. Magnesium also plays a role in the active transport of calcium and potassium ions across cell membranes, a process that is important to nerve impulse conduction, muscle contraction, and normal heart rhythm [3].
 

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I want to add magnesium to this thread. You should supplement it, seriously. If even half of what they know is true, you need a lot of it. Involved in just about every process an athlete needs. Whether you're an athlete like myself or an on stage bodybuilder, it's worth a look. This is an excerpt from nih.gov Link click here--> Nih.gov Magnesium

Introduction​

Magnesium, an abundant mineral in the body, is naturally present in many foods, added to other food products, available as a dietary supplement, and present in some medicines (such as antacids and laxatives). Magnesium is a cofactor in more than 300 enzyme systems that regulate diverse biochemical reactions in the body, including protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control, and blood pressure regulation [1-3]. Magnesium is required for energy production, oxidative phosphorylation, and glycolysis. It contributes to the structural development of bone and is required for the synthesis of DNA, RNA, and the antioxidant glutathione. Magnesium also plays a role in the active transport of calcium and potassium ions across cell membranes, a process that is important to nerve impulse conduction, muscle contraction, and normal heart rhythm [3].
Absolutely. Magnesium is one of the few supplements I still take along with vitamin d daily. Bis-glycinate seems to be the best current form. From personal experience this got rid of some strange eye twitching and random muscle spasms that I had been noticing for a few months
 

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Magnesium, zinc, copper, fish oil, NAC, quercetin, pregnenolone, dessicated beef organs, d3 w/ K2, l carnitine, vit c, rotate some other stuff in and out as I feel like it. Trying to keep the immune system strong and do things to decrease systemic inflammation as Alzheimer’s runs in my family. Live as long and athletic as possible. Not looking to be huge just around 185ish @ 10%. Sauna 4-5x per week and zone 2 cardio as well.
 

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I donated blood today. From previous labs iron and ferritin were low post donating.

Iron a couple or few weeks afterwards is a good idea. I think a good multi that has say rda it n value would be fine. Again specific, after giving blood
 

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I donated blood today. From previous labs iron and ferritin were low post donating.

Iron a couple or few weeks afterwards is a good idea. I think a good multi that has say rda it n value would be fine. Again specific, after giving blood
I have to do regular therapeutic phlebotomies so Fe supplementation is absolutely required for me.
 

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Absolutely. Magnesium is one of the few supplements I still take along with vitamin d daily. Bis-glycinate seems to be the best current form. From personal experience this got rid of some strange eye twitching and random muscle spasms that I had been noticing for a few months
I will definitely add the bisglycinate chelated form to my next order and try it. I've been taking the citrate salt for a while now. My blood pressure (diastolic) has dropped anywhere from 5-10 points after starting this a few years ago after my car accident. I was stressed out and a bit depressed with my femur injury (and drinking a bit quite honestly) and this calmed me down. Other than niacin, this was one of the first supps I actually felt working/helping. Also no more muscle cramping at peak contractions. This was a real problem for me with hamstring curls and bicep concentration curls (and similar exercises). I will never stop using it.
 

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I will definitely add the bisglycinate chelated form to my next order and try it. I've been taking the citrate salt for a while now. My blood pressure (diastolic) has dropped anywhere from 5-10 points after starting this a few years ago after my car accident. I was stressed out and a bit depressed with my femur injury (and drinking a bit quite honestly) and this calmed me down. Other than niacin, this was one of the first supps I actually felt working/helping. Also no more muscle cramping at peak contractions. This was a real problem for me with hamstring curls and bicep concentration curls (and similar exercises). I will never stop using it.
Look into taurine supplementation as well
 

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Look into taurine supplementation as well
Yup. I get taurine with my BCAA/EAA cocktail on workout days.
 

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I'm creating this thread as a resource for the conscientious weightlifting enthusiast who uses AAS and ancillaries. John Meadows recent passing has rocked the bodybuilding world. I hope those with the proper knowledge will contribute to this thread. This will be a comprehensive resource for health issues we need to be aware of and the tests that are needed. There are volumes of information on this incredible forum but let's try to get it not only in one thread but one post! I'll take the information that's posted and add it to this first post so people don't have to search through multiple pages!!

It's unfortunate that the medical world is more reactive than proactive. You can go to 23andMe or Ancestry and get DNA testing done that shows genetic factors where one may be susceptible and all for a very cheap price considering what you get. Sadly the medical community, that I know of, isn't offering a cumulative testing package like this.

Ok, I'll start with a few and hopefully this list keeps growing!

Cardiovascular

- Blood Pressure - This is the simplest thing one can track and so many still don't. High BP causes Cardiomyopathy and is the #1 cause of Kidney Failure.

- Resting Heart Rate and Average Maximum Heart Rate - https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/fitness/fitness-basics/target-heart-rates

- ECG/EKG - Records the electrical signals in your heart which can reveal an arrhythmia. https://www.heartrhythmalliance.org/aa/uk/types-of-arrhythmia

- Echocardiogram - This is an ultrasound of the heart that can reveal different types of heart disease and/or defects. This will also give you your Ejection Fraction. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/treatment-tests-and-therapies/echocardiogram

- Calcium CT Score - This measures the plaque inside your arteries. $99 to $150 out of pocket! https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/heart-scan/about/pac-20384686

- VAP Panel - This is a Cardiovascular Risk Marker Panel. It's an in-depth look at your different lipoprotein, TG's, cholesterol, and other cardiovascular relevant lipid levels.


- CRP HS - C Reactive Protein High Sensitivity is a predictor in the risks of future heart attacks, stroke, arterial disease, or sudden cardiac death even when cholesterol levels are within normal ranges. https://healthresearchfunding.org/understanding-the-crp-hs-blood-test-results/

- BNP (B-Type Natriuretic Peptide) - BNP helps the body compensate for Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/bnp-an-important-new-cardiac-test

Clotting Disorders

- Factor V Leiden - A genetic blood clotting disorder. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/factor-v-leiden/symptoms-causes/syc-20372423

- Prothrombin II Mutation - A genetic blood clotting disorder. https://www.stoptheclot.org/learn_more/prothrombin-g20210a-factor-ii-mutation/

- Polycythemia Vera - A blood cancer that begins in the marrow and causes it to make too many red blood cells. Polycythemia Vera is usually inherited and you can be genetically tested for Polycythemia Vera via its marker, the JAK2 (Janus-associated kinase 2) gene present in approx 95% of cases. You would likely only have this genetic test if other symptoms were present such as irregularly high RBC counts, above normal HCT, and enlarged spleen. Bone marrow can also be sampled for examination. Just because you test negative for JAK2, you may still have polycythemia.

Types and treatment:

Polycythemia Vera
is a chronic cancer associated with inherently proliferative activity in bone marrow (95% along with JAK2 gene) causing elevated RBCs, HbG, white blood cell counts (specifically granulocytes) and also platelet counts. It is treatable but not curable.

Secondary Polycythemia: Unlike Polycythemia Vera, secondary polycythemia manifests for a specific reason such as increased erythrocytosis brought on by a specific condition such as hypoxia, sleep apnea, steroid abuse, etc. In other words, fix the underlying problem and erythrocytosis should return to normal. Once the underlying cause is treated, secondary polycythemia will usually resolve itself but often not before some type of tissue damage is done.

Nonspecific Secondary Polycythemia: Manifests for no identifiable reason whatsoever. It is treatable but for obvious reasons, not curable.


Supplements

This is for supplements that we use for acute issues and proactively for long term health!

- Curcumin - This has so many health benefits it's mind boggling. Type in any disease or disorder along with Curcumin and most often a study will pop up.
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Good thread! How about some supplement ideas to address some of the risks? Ill list some below but would love some more options.

Personally, my supplements are separated in the cabinet by organ system :ROFLMAO: Heart, Liver, Kidneys, then Electrolytic. And yes, some supplements like Curcumin and a BP med overlap more than one organ.

Heart (mostly LVH prevention / reduction) and plaque : (yeah I know, it's a lipid/calcium thing,,,I just class it as heart)
Ubiquinol
Pycnogenol
K2/MK7
Curcumin
Cialis
Apigenin
Lisinopril

Liver:
Synthergine
NAC
Injectable Glutathione
Choline/Inositol
Methionine
Niacin
Fish oil
Bergamot
Berberine

Kidneys:
Cordyceps
Astragalus
Cialis
 

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