His age-management program could fill a spreadsheet. Life began reciting from memory: 1,000 milligrams of calcium daily, coenzyme Q10 pills twice a day, 5,000 units of vitamin D, 4 grams of fish oil, 10 milligrams of melatonin at bedtime, a testosterone injection once a week, human-growth hormone once a day. “That reminds me,” he said, reaching into his desk drawer. “I’ve got to give myself a shot.”
The majority of Comite’s patients never need human-growth hormone, although a guy who says he intends to kick soccer balls until “the pain exceeds the pleasure” may want to keep that option open. As for testosterone, H.C.G. eventually loses its effectiveness as the testicles run dry. The only option is to turn to synthetic testosterone.