The Effects Of Steroids
When you start to grow and look great, you’re bound to get the question at some point. “Are you using steroids?” Some might even throw it in your face. Probably in every gym you can find people who use steroids and maybe they are offered to you or you’ve considered using them. There are many stigmas around steroids and it is quite difficult to find solid, trustworthy information.I think you should never judge before you understand, and I think this 45 min program from National Geographic Channel gives excellent insight viewing the topic from all angles. Please take the time to finish the whole program, and after that you can make your own rational decision.
Part One: How Do Steroids Work
Anabolic steroids are a synthetic drug that resembles the male hormone testosterone. It has great benefits, but also major drawbacks. These video’s tell the story of steroids in professional sports, with the high profile news story of Major League baseball Vs steroids. Nowadays, steroids are banned from all top level sports.
Even though steroids are illegal without a doctor’s prescription, there are an estimated 1 million users in the United States alone. Doctors disagree on the dangers of anabolic steroids. The documentary is lit from all angles; doctors and science, a champion who turned his back on steroids, a father who lost a son to steroids and athletes who defend steroids.
Steroids affect the body by enhancing the natural process of muscle building. Protein synthesis and cellular repair are the two most important factors in building muscle. Steroids aid this process by allowing the muscles to repair much faster, thus more growth. It raises testosterone levels and lowers gluco-corticoid levels at the same time, giving amazing results.
Part Two: The Effects of Steroids
It is so effective, that users outperform the most dedicated athletes. It does depend on the dosage. Endurance athletes like cyclists can use one physiological dose to speed up recovery after a workout session. A physiological dose means the amount the body should produce normally (50-75mg testosterone). Sprinters use twice as much to enhance performance. Some bodybuilders and weightlifters take up to 100 doses…
The increase in performance will be noticed within two weeks. The advantages are so apparant, it is understandable who people choose to use it. However, the medical drawbacks are not fully known. But few side effects are proven, such as for men: severe acne on the back and face, accumulation of fat under the nipples for those lovely man boobs and shrinking of the testicles to half their original size. For woman who use steroids, and remember it is a male hormone they put into their bodies, proven side effects are: male pattern baldness, facial hair growth, shrinking of the breasts, permanent deepening of the voice and enlargement of the clitoris.
A known statement is roid rage, but only a minority of 5% of the users experience roid rage. Other side effects on debate are long term damages like tumors and cancers on the liver and the kidneys, and heart attacks caused by changing cholesterol levels in the blood.
Part Three: Science Behind Steroids
A large part of the problem is the lack of scientific research on steroids. Due to ethical reasons human testing is prohibited, so cause and effect is hard to prove. Furthermore, the medical society has false statements on steroids claiming steroids have no benefits of enhancing effect on the body. This takes away credibility of future claims of possible health dangers.
And because of this lack of credibility, the use of steroids keeps on growing. The problem is that ‘average people’ start using as well, where the stakes are low but the dangers just as high. These people mostly do not understand the dangers that accompany the use of anabolic steroids.
Part Four: Fighting The Temptation
After seeing this, I wonder if it changed your perspective on steroids. Please leave a comment below, and share the knowledge via Facebook or Twitter.
Personally I haven’t used steroids and I probably never will, I have my reasons. But if you do choose to use them, educate before you medicate!
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