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What's more anabolic? Testosterone or Insulin?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created October 14, 2012 at 4:06 AM

Which hormone is more important for muscle growth? Testosterone or insulin? Doesn't high blood glucose blunt testosterone production?

81181cab058dd652659e4bb2e6f25843

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on October 15, 2012
at 02:16 PM

Please flesh out the "paradox" at hand. If you cannot then I suggest you don't mix childish temper-tantrums with poor language skills, it's quite embarrassing. Take a basic english class then rephrase your 'answer'.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on October 15, 2012
at 10:39 AM

+1 well said.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on October 15, 2012
at 10:38 AM

@DanW - for sure, gluten is worse than lectins because of the autoimmune response and leaky gut that it causes.

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on October 15, 2012
at 02:12 AM

i think this is an extremely valid point. nice one cbucker. +1

81181cab058dd652659e4bb2e6f25843

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on October 14, 2012
at 10:03 PM

Sarcoplasmic or myofibrillar hypertrophy?

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on October 14, 2012
at 08:56 PM

I'd be curious to see which events each dot corresponded to. I'm guessing it may not always be beneficial to be heavy with muscle if your sport involves running for several miles.

0a9ad4e577fe24a6b8aafa1dd7a50c79

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on October 14, 2012
at 04:04 PM

Growth Hormone.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on October 14, 2012
at 05:33 AM

Hey buy this! http://www.amazon.com/Metabolism-at-Glance-J-Salway/dp/1405107162/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350192790&sr=8-1&keywords=metabolism+at+a+glance

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on October 14, 2012
at 05:29 AM

OK, I'm gonna look at your question from the view that you are completely clueless....my answer is still that you need to study basic biology.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on October 14, 2012
at 05:25 AM

I have grown weary of writing dissertations on things you can damn well find with a google search. And especially on dumb shit like this.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on October 14, 2012
at 05:21 AM

AKA....Dan gets it.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on October 14, 2012
at 05:20 AM

@ Nasty...I find my answer quit funny and fairly accurate...please refute.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on October 14, 2012
at 05:13 AM

^tl;dr - comparing apples and oranges. The body is not so simple.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on October 14, 2012
at 05:13 AM

Actually, the question is a bit silly, if there was a such thing as a silly question. It's like asking "what's worse for you, gluten or lectins?" It's like the answer is (to the OP's question) they are both important, for different reasons.

5c9fda2bd0018516806bba200a93f6fa

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on October 14, 2012
at 05:13 AM

Thanks for sticking up for me NBS. He's right JayJay. You ain't helping!

211d4075d68b24cd0aa7ebfa94262bb9

on October 14, 2012
at 05:08 AM

Not funny, not helpful, and not accurate.

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on October 14, 2012
at 04:07 AM

Yo, raisefitness where are you? I need you, man!

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211d4075d68b24cd0aa7ebfa94262bb9

on October 14, 2012
at 05:13 PM

I'm not seeing how the question is "paradoxical", "silly", or "apples to oranges". The anabolic effect of both hormones could be compared side by side so it isn't apples-to-oranges, and no basic biology course is going to provide an answer because no experiment has ever been performed where they take a group of healthy males and boosted the testosterone of half of the group to 1 SD above the mean and boosted the insulin level of the other half to 1 SD above the mean and compared their response to strength training.

So we don't know the answer, but we can speculate. Here's a scatter plot of the T-levels of 650 randomly selected Olympic athletes: Dotplot of Plasma Testosterone in Elite Athletes

Notice that over 25% of male Olympic athletes have T-levels below normal and that 6% have T-levels down into the Female range. And yet they're competing in the Olympics.

A2c38be4c54c91a15071f82f14cac0b3

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on October 14, 2012
at 08:56 PM

I'd be curious to see which events each dot corresponded to. I'm guessing it may not always be beneficial to be heavy with muscle if your sport involves running for several miles.

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on October 14, 2012
at 05:46 AM

Insulin is more anti-catabolic rather than anabolic. One reason to spike insulin levels after a workout is to stop protein breakdown.

Testosterone OTOH is definitely classified as anabolic:

To quote the all mighty Wikipedia, the anabolic effects of testosterone include:

growth of muscle mass and strength, increased bone density and strength, and stimulation of linear growth and bone maturation.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on October 15, 2012
at 10:39 AM

+1 well said.

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81181cab058dd652659e4bb2e6f25843

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on October 14, 2012
at 10:19 PM

(not saying this is correct but it is a way to look at it) if the only main difference between males and females are androgen and estrogen then it seems to follow that testosterone has much more an an affect.

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on October 15, 2012
at 02:12 AM

i think this is an extremely valid point. nice one cbucker. +1

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3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on October 14, 2012
at 04:58 AM

Hulk Hogan would woop em both.

My God are these questions paradoxical. Take a basic biology class then rephrase your question.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on October 14, 2012
at 05:29 AM

OK, I'm gonna look at your question from the view that you are completely clueless....my answer is still that you need to study basic biology.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on October 14, 2012
at 05:21 AM

AKA....Dan gets it.

211d4075d68b24cd0aa7ebfa94262bb9

on October 14, 2012
at 05:08 AM

Not funny, not helpful, and not accurate.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on October 14, 2012
at 05:25 AM

I have grown weary of writing dissertations on things you can damn well find with a google search. And especially on dumb shit like this.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on October 14, 2012
at 05:33 AM

Hey buy this! http://www.amazon.com/Metabolism-at-Glance-J-Salway/dp/1405107162/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350192790&sr=8-1&keywords=metabolism+at+a+glance

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on October 14, 2012
at 05:13 AM

^tl;dr - comparing apples and oranges. The body is not so simple.

5c9fda2bd0018516806bba200a93f6fa

(608)

on October 14, 2012
at 05:13 AM

Thanks for sticking up for me NBS. He's right JayJay. You ain't helping!

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on October 14, 2012
at 05:13 AM

Actually, the question is a bit silly, if there was a such thing as a silly question. It's like asking "what's worse for you, gluten or lectins?" It's like the answer is (to the OP's question) they are both important, for different reasons.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on October 14, 2012
at 05:20 AM

@ Nasty...I find my answer quit funny and fairly accurate...please refute.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19463)

on October 15, 2012
at 10:38 AM

@DanW - for sure, gluten is worse than lectins because of the autoimmune response and leaky gut that it causes.

81181cab058dd652659e4bb2e6f25843

(528)

on October 15, 2012
at 02:16 PM

Please flesh out the "paradox" at hand. If you cannot then I suggest you don't mix childish temper-tantrums with poor language skills, it's quite embarrassing. Take a basic english class then rephrase your 'answer'.

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