They have to ... lift weights
...in an near weightless environment. I'm in!
Surviving in zero gravity takes its toll on the human body. Muscular atrophy sets in, and astronauts should not only exercise regularly but consider taking testosterone shots too, according to new research. In a NASA-funded project, 24 fellas were ordered to stay in bed for 70 days. That may sound nice and relaxing at first, …
@phuzz: "n that case how can I get an erection when I'm upside-down?"
Indeed, I had a girlfriend once who was determined to tick off all the positions listed in the 400 question version of 'The Purity Test', and upside down was one of them. Mind you I was a teenager, and I got a boner if the wind changed direction.
Thats still up in the air (pardon the pun). Not including women in the experiment seems rather short sighted - ok its another variable to control for but the results could have potentially been more interesting. Like for instance - do women lose muscle mass at the same rate as men>
That probably will be the subject of another test, but first a grant request needs to be made and approved.
On the serious side, it probably should be a separate study as there's enough difference in the sexes (the two most prevalent, not the 147 "other" sexes some people believe in) that testing should be separate.
Um, does testosterone make women infertile? How much of it? It's a naturally-occurring hormone in women too, they just have less of it than men. And even that is only statistical - like height, or prowess in a range of activities some of them linked to testosterone.
Curious if he also took a vacation from the speed/amphetamines (diet pills) that they use to get the 'ripped' look (and perhaps to carry them through the mindless repetitions).
Carrying speed through customs is problematic, and he may not wanted to continue that part of his regime while on holiday.
Unrelated note: it's called 'roid rage' but the symptoms match speed intoxication and withdrawal.
What, we are saying that people who take testosterone and excercize put on more muscle??!!!!!!!!!!shift1!!!!!
Some one better tell the gym and body building industry quick, there's a fortune to be made.
If only Arnie had access to such knowlege earlier on in his career
There's a much easier way. You can get testosterone patches.
I use them to counteract the muscle loss of being quadriplegic (the outcomes are very similar to living in microgravity).
This kind of research has benefited me greatly e.g. NASA's studies into the formation of renal stones when you stop weight bearing exercises.
Yes, dermal absorption was about my first thought when the author mentioned needles.
First off, if there was a need for regular injections they would set a port. A small one as used in hospital if it was about small, irregular injections, or a major subcutaneous one (aka a central venous catheter) as used in cancer treatment for more voluminous amounts of fluid.
Secondly, yes, needles are bad news because it requires very precise manipulation and you may not have that luxury. A derm patch works better, requires less post event healing and doesn't require medical expertise to get it right.
"needles are bad news because it requires very precise manipulation"
Testosterone is injected intramuscularly, which is about as precise as throwing a dart at yourself. Still, the possibility of drops of blood/testosterone floating around and getting into the equipment is probably something they'd want to avoid.
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