After reading about MLBs new drug teat for HGH and Braun's overturned suspension for high levels of testosterone. Could a seriously trained athlete fail a drug test like these as a result of truly healthy living via diet in a world that isn't?
asked bypjnoir (4645)
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on February 24, 2012
at 08:13 PM
In a word: No
Drug tests look for metabolites of synthetically produced hormones. In addition, for most synthesized hormone tests they look at the ratio of testosterone to estrogen (in addition to metabolites). You could have the highest natural test of any human male on the planet, but if your ratio of estrogen was correct, and you had no metabolites of synthesized hormone in your system, you would pass the drug test.
This is why when you hear in the news of an athlete failing a test, it will say "Joe Pectoral was tested positive for metabolites of testosterone.", it won't say the person tested positive for "testosterone".
on February 27, 2012
at 08:18 PM
It's unlikely- though the testing is not uniform. Some are much stricter than others- the Olympics in particular are known for having very sensitive tests.
In reference to the comment above- I don't know why people don't cheat with testosterone 1:1 with epitestosterone.