Pump Up Those Muscles

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Ah! I feel so happy and elated! I’m more productive and bustling with energy! My biceps have grown bigger and I definitely feel stronger! I feel so confident!! Yes, I can do it!!!! What’s happening to me all of a sudden? I wasn’t the same last month – Oh! Wait a minute! Could it be the effect of steroids? ….

What are they?

Steroids are compounds that are organic in nature, composed of seventeen bonded carbon atoms.  Some common forms of steroids include certain dietary lipid cholesterol, sex hormones such as testosterone and estradiol, certain drugs and bile acids.  A variety of steroids are found in and derived from nature as well – plants, fungi, animals etc.

While some steroids are used to treat degenerative bone diseases, others are used to reduced increased levels of cholesterol in patients.  They can be taken in two most common forms – oral and as injections.

Anabolic steroids:

This form of steroids makes some changes within body-cells such as increasing the content of protein in the cells and skeletal muscles.  Apart from this, they are also responsible for male primary and secondary sexual characteristics.

Anabolic steroids, with their origin in the 1930s, are also known as anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS).  Being a synthetic copy of testosterone, these steroids have effects very similar to the hormone, in the body.  They have some therapeutic properties as well – they help to increase muscle growth, appetite, induce male puberty and treat chronic wasting conditions (like cancer and AIDS).

Dosage:

Most or all body-builders use steroids for an added advantage.  Some of them use them in mild doses, while others believe in heavy sedation.  All said and done the advantages and outcome they see gets them addicted to steroids of all sorts.

Some body-builders take a six to seven week dosage, which helps them increase their stamina and muscle mass by around 20%, while other rely on 5-15 mg/day.  Water-based, oil-based, oral and injections – these are some of the forms.

The Breakfast of Champions:

Most of them swear by ‘steroids’ – the breakfast of the champions – of body-builders, in this case.

Though most of them consume these undercover, the mere consumption keeps them going, elated, productive etc.

Using steroids means getting the right set of tests done.  One has to be sure of being safe-guarded against the ill-effects of these drugs.  Most of them get away with it so easily, because most of the oral steroids are water-soluble and move in and out of the body with equal ease.  Give the body-builders 6-7 days and they have it flushed out of their systems, in most cases.

What’s in a name?

Varieties of water-based and oil-based injections and oral steroids are available at stores.  Depending on the body-type and function, the builders use one or more of the following steroids most commonly:

  • Dianabol
  • Deca-Durabolin
  • Depo-Testosterone
  • Testosterone Enanthate
  • Testosterone Sustenon 250
  • Equipoise
  • Anadrol 50
  • Anavar
  • Halotestin
  • Methyltestosterone
  • Winstrol
  • Winstrol-V
  • Primobolin Depot

Any advantages?

Of course there are benefits of using steroids; however they come at a price:

  • Mood elation
  • Extra energy
  • Better recovery
  • Muscle and mass building
  • Increase in muscles and biceps
  • Easing joint pains
  • Normalizing depressed testosterone levels
  • Treatment of muscle wasting in advanced cases of HIV

Adverse effects:

Prolonged usage and high dosage of steroids proves to be harmful, at least in the long run.  The body-builders may or may not suffer from few or most of the following:

  • Steroid-addiction
  • Headache
  • Bleeding nose
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Vomiting
  • Insulin insensitivity
  • Cramps
  • Increased liver function
  • Stunted growth in teenagers
  • Psychological affects like depression
  • Accelerated growth of existing tumors
  • Decrease in levels of natural testosterone and diminished production
  • Liver inefficiency
  • Liver tumors
  • Increased levels of triglycerides and low-density lipoproteins
  • Acne
  • Shrinkage of testicles
  • Lower perm count and motility
  • Jaundice
  • Hepatitis
  • Proteinuria

In women:

Steroid use causes ill-effects in women too:

  • increased in hair growth – both facial and body hair
  • masculine traits
  • clitoris enlargement
  • changes in menstrual cycle

Steroidal supplements:

Steroids have another form – steroidal supplements.  These are forms, but weaker forms, of the male hormone androgen.  When taken in large quantities, there effects are very similar to those of the hormone testosterone.  These groups of steroids contain dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA).  They may also contain androstenedione.  Pharmacies and manufacturers of these steroidal supplements generally do not know much about the composition and use of these supplements.  The Government has therefore imposed a ban on the selling of these supplements.  The only supplement that can be bought over the counter till date is DHEA and a few more less popular ones.

Are they necessary?

Regular tests and examination are imperative to steroid and drug-use.  They could alter some or most of the normal functions and natural hormone production – After all, you are using an agent for abnormal growth of muscles.  In a world of competition, where a body-builder wants to have the best physique, unmatchable body and strength and stamina to sustain the tough competition he faces, steroids may sound to be necessary (as everyone uses them).  But the fact remains, that nothing comes without a price to pay for.  Steroid-use is illegal and harmful to the body.  At first, it elates the mood, enhances the desired muscular characteristic and later on leads to depression, addiction and lots of ill health effects.

Sound training, healthy lifestyle, a diet that is balanced and includes proteins – is the key to a good body.  Each body’s response to a steroid is different from the other person’s response.  Does it have to do anything with genes? Yes, of course! The genetic make-up and structure, to a very large extent, determines the tolerance, acceptability and response to steroids.  This is what determines the difference in steroid type and use by every individual body builder.  If you want an attractive body, I reviewed Adonis Golden Ratio for which you are better off reading than using steroids.

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