A photo of Saad Alam, host of the Hone in Podcast
Saad Alam: Why I Launched Hone In
My own health challenge revealed just how broken the healthcare system is

The Hone In podcast was born from a deeply personal place.  A few years ago, I was battling for my health. I was only 35, but felt much older. I was exhausted, gaining weight, struggled to focus, and wasn’t able to perform in bed. 

I thought back to my father, who, at 35, was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. My dad was the smartest guy I knew—a particle physicist from Stanford—but his knowledge didn’t stop his health from declining. Type 2 diabetes turned into type 1 diabetes, strokes, and kidney disease.

My doctor told me it was just aging, but I knew there was more to it than that. And I didn’t want to decline in the same way I’d watch my father do. So I poured through research and talked to countless wellness experts. Eventually, after six months of seeing specialists and undergoing testing, I found answers. And it was the one thing I never expected—I had the testosterone levels of an 80 year old man

When my doctor told me that I needed to start testosterone replacement therapy, I immediately thought about all the rumors about the back alley clinics, the massive bodybuilders, the late night infomercials, and that had serious health issues misusing anabolic steroids. It took me a long time to even feel comfortable discussing what was happening to me.

When I did, I discovered that hormone imbalance is a silent epidemic. No one wants to talk about low T because, as men, we are so incredibly ashamed of saying ‘I don’t feel man enough.” You don’t tell your wife or your partner. You don’t tell your best friends. And you may not trust your doctor or feel comfortable bringing it up with them. 

Because of that experience, I’ve made it my life’s mission to provide honest conversations and science-backed information to help other people live better for longer. That’s why Hone created this editorial site, The Edge—and why we’re now launching the Hone In podcast. 

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A lot of us used to think that when you get to your 30s or 40s, things start to slow down. But it’s the opposite: We now have demanding jobs, aging parents to take care of, partners who need  support, and children to be there for. 

Our lives are crazy, and there’s just not enough time to find high quality information to help us figure out how to optimize our lives.

It is incredibly hard to find reputable wellness experts—and I’m not just talking about testosterone anymore. We’re bombarded with unchecked health information on social media, in the news, and even by our friends. Fad diets pop up left and right. Risky “hacks” are championed by uninformed influencers. 

But here’s the thing: Experts are out there, and I have made it my personal mission to find them and bring you their knowledge. That’s what the Hone In podcast is all about.


  • How declining testosterone levels can impact almost every facet of your life and health
  • Why diagnosing low testosterone can be challenging
  • How being testosterone deficient can actually shorten your life
  • Why testosterone and sperm levels have been declining among American men over the past few decades
  • How to get your hormones tested without stepping foot inside a doctor’s office
A photo of Saad Alam