Anabolic Steroids - Topic OverviewClose menu Log in Register. The later group tends to quite obviously underestimate the dangers connected with steroids use and abuse. Since then, and especially after when the US enacted anti-steroid laws this topic has been avoided like pest in most scientific circles. We must therefore rely on a mixture of scientific studies, personal experience of older bodybuilders winstrol met cardio observation of experienced coaches. Various steroids cause testostreone side effects AAS are a group of substances.
Anabolic Steroid Side Effects and Low Testosterone Levels
Close menu Log in Register. The later group tends to quite obviously underestimate the dangers connected with steroids use and abuse. Since then, and especially after when the US enacted anti-steroid laws this topic has been avoided like pest in most scientific circles. We must therefore rely on a mixture of scientific studies, personal experience of older bodybuilders and observation of experienced coaches.
Various steroids cause different side effects AAS are a group of substances. As such they do not cause the same effects and side-effects.
The following list shows some common steroids and their most typical side effects, ordered from most dangerous to mildest ones. Also, it must be stressed that most steroids can cause a whole range of other symptoms, notably gynecomastia female breast in men caused by direct or indirect activation of estrogenic receptors , acne, hair loss, mood swings and palpitations.
Testosterone inhibition Testosterone inhibition, or in other words lowered testosterone production, will sooner or later affect every steroid user. Some people may find other AAS side effects tolerable: But your body will always respond to additional testosterone or its derivatives by lowering own testosterone production. This is caused by a mechanism called negative feedback inhibition: So if you inject, say, testosterone enanthate in the muscle, you also give information to hypothalamus that there is too much testosterone in the system and it should stop producing it.
Unfortunately, the hypothalamus sees every anabolic steroid as testosterone but the negative feedback is stronger with some steroids like nandrolone than with others e. Testosterone inhibition leads to shrinking of testicles, loss of libido, erectile dysfunction, mood swings and other symptoms associated with low testosterone.
Irreversible testosterone inhibition means that the body is not able to produce testosterone for the rest of your life. Although I never heard of anyone who would end up like this when using steroids, I did meet people with lower-than-normal testosterone production resulting apparently from AAS abuse.
There are two ways how to fight testosterone inhibition: They are simply following some plan like 10 weeks cycle and 2 months a break or rely on their subjective feelings. We can therefore never rule out the possibility that our natural testosterone production is slowly declining. Drugs like clomifen, tamoxifen or anastrozole also known under their commercial names of Clomid, Nolvadex and Arimidex are lowering estrogenic hormones female steroid hormones and help increase testosterone production by another form of negative feedback.
It should be stressed that applying PCT is another interference with our hormonal system and as such can cause more harm than good. Everyone planning to use AAS should be aware of this fact. Liver damage Anabolic steroids sold as pills are usually chemically altered in such a way that the active substance will pass through the liver without being broken down and degraded. This chemical alteration is called alpha alkylation.
In fact, there are many other common drugs causing dose-dependent liver toxicity: The problem with AAS is that they are used in much higher doses than what they have been created for.
The most common sign of liver problems are elevated liver enzymes. Gynecomastia Under normal circumstances, part of testosterone in our body is always converted into estradiol, the main female steroid hormone. This process is called aromatization and the enzyme responsible for it is known as aromataze. Not only testosterone aromatizes to estradiol - many other anabolic steroids also do.
This poses a serious problem for AAS users, because in order to be of any help in muscle growth, testosterone and other steroids must be applied in very high or supraphysiological doses.
As a result, bodybuilders often have supraphysiological much higher than normal levels of estradiol causing specific side effects like gynecomastia growth of female breast in men , water retention and fat accumulation, not to speak of various psychological effects.
Some anabolic steroids think of trenbolone do not aromatize but can directly stimulate the estrogenic receptors, thus causing the same side effects as aromatizing steroids. This is caused by water retention and partly also by fat accumulation. The unwanted estrogenic side effects are usually treated by anti-estrogenic drugs. As I said earlier in this article, use of such medicines is another intrusion in the HPTA hormonal axis and it can cause various other side effects.
There is, however, no direct evidence for such claims. What we do know is the negative impact of at least some anabolic steroids on HDL. We also know although research in this field is limited and thus inconclusive as yet that Nandrolone, a very popular anabolic steroid, probably damages the endothelial cells of blood vessels. Anabolic steroids can also cause high blood pressure at least in some users.
This is something that we know from experience. High blood pressure is strongly associated with heart disease. Wood is author of several scientific studies claiming that testosterone derivatives have opiate-like properties, in other words, that these are addictive substances.
This is obviously a very strong claim that contradicts the common knowledge about testosterone and related hormones. If true, it would give some credit to legislation listing AAS in the same group of substances as narcotics.
Before judging anabolic steroids too harshly, we should realize that number of commonly used substances, and even some of the most common foods, contain opiate-like elements. Wheat, for instance, contains gluten exorphins. Milk contains casomorphin peptides. Both are opioid substances enforcing addiction.
Many similar peptides are to be found in other common foods. Coffee, tea and chocolate are even very addictive, probably much more than testosterone. Web Hosting Web Hosting. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting. Forum Advertisements provided by Forum Ads v2. We do not condone nor promote the use of any illegal substances that may or may not be mentioned by our members.
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