Anabolic steroids, often prescribed by a medical professional, are quite commonly used in the gym without medical advice. They’re a drug which replicates the effects that the male hormone testosterone produces.
Why are Steroids Used?
Firstly, steroid use is commonly used to improve athletic performance. In other words, steroids will give you more stamina and an ability to lift harder for longer.
The second reason is to help increase muscle size and help reduce their body fat but often the belief is that if you take steroids, you will automatically become muscular, that’s not the case. Steroid users still need to eat well and train hard to see any effects.
What are the Side Effects of Taking Steroids?
The effects of taking steroids can often give adverse effects in both men and women, such as mood swings, high blood pressure, aggressive behaviour, mood swings and severe acne. They can also reduce sperm count, erectile dysfunction and an increased risk of developing prostate cancer in men. Women can also develop facial and body hair, period problems and hair loss.
In addition to that, steroids can also become addictive.
The Human Growth Hormone (HGH)
The hormone which is present in the body can also encourage faster muscle growth and recuperation whilst training which is often the most common type of steroid purchased.
It is usually injected directly into the muscle tissue.
Injecting, of any type, can often lead to further health risks and complications such as hepatitis and HIV.
Livestrong wrote an article in 2011 which outlines some of the key dangers of steroid use in its entirety.
According to WebMD
The dose of illegal anabolic steroids is 10 to 100 times higher than the dose a doctor prescribes for medical problems.
People often use more than one of these illegal drugs at the same time. This is called stacking. Or they may take the drugs in a cycle from no drug to a high dose over a period of weeks to months. This is called pyramiding.
The health risks and potential harm you’re going to do to your body is certainly not worth the small number of benefits that you’ll get from using steroids.
They’re damaging both physically and psychologically. They might appear to give you ‘quick results’, whilst you’re in a bulk but the long-term effects certainly aren’t worth the effort.
No ‘normal’ supplement would have rehabilitation support and counselling is available to treat people for over and misuse – unfortunately, that is commonly the severity for steroid use.
So, what should you do?
Be patient with results and if you need to supplement, supplement smart!