I hope you're going to spend a few minutes reading the side effects of anabolic steroids before you decide to go ahead and try them on your body.
Or maybe you can forward this article to those friends of yours that ignore the damages that they are doing to their body.
You know, many of those that make use of anabolic steroids are absolutely convinced that some injections can't hurt, that to avoid side effects you just do not overdo it, and that some products are more dangerous while others don't present any risk.
The concept of "moderate use" is also often supported by the so-called doping experts that publish instructions on how to use them, claiming that you can easily keep the steroids side effects under control.
The idea of moderate use is absolutely deceiving, because if you (over)dose your body with substances that have the only purpose of incrementing muscular mass (without any medical advice) you can't really be serious about being moderate!
The problem is that they sell you this idea, and often people get into it without really knowing what they're doing to their body.
Consider this, an interesting study showed that
With just ONE injection of 100 mg of Nandrolone, our body reduces the natural production of Testosterone to 1/4 of normal levels!
In other words, our body reduces the natural production of testosterone by 75%!
Do you call it a good deal?
Apparently many people do, and I don't get it. I guess that the desire of having a perfect (outside) body is much greater than having a healthy life.
People think that they can see immediate results and don't worry about the side effects of anabolic steroids because you can't see those.
But, as we will see, that is not always true because sometimes you do see those too (man boobs, acne etc.).
Look at this graphic:
It shows how the natural production of testosterone decreases drastically after one injection of 100 mg of nandrolone., and how it slowly goes back to normal after one month.
The scary part is that testosterone goes down to 25% of normal values after only 3-4 days and it stays like that for another 10-20 days.
And that is because of a small injection, not after a cycle of weekly injections...just one.
This is what really happens when using steroids.
Isn't that crazy? Yes, but still, so many people won't care, they just want to build big muscles fast, that's all they care about.
I am sure that all this info about side effects of anabolic steroids won't make them change their mind.
So What Are the Side Effects of Anabolic Steroids?
Let's start with the visible side effects, those that you can see with your eyes, and then we'll talk about those that are invisible because they affect your health and the interior of your body.
One of the most common side effects of anabolic steroids is severe acne.
Look at these images:
A) The patient at his ideal body shape (but still...do you notice he was starting to develop man boobs?). This guy was 21 years old and abused anabolic steroids.
B) Severe acne. Lesions include papules, pustules, abscesses and deep ulcerations.
C) Patient after 6 weeks of antiseptic antibiotic therapy (and note permanent scars).
Gynecomastia, medical term to indicate the development on man boobs, is another example of the visible side effects of anabolic steroids.
If you don't intervene promptly when you see the first signs it can also become irreversible, and the only valid solution is gynecomastia surgery (but this can have side effects too). There are other ways to get rid of man boobs naturally, but you should not waste time when you notice what's going on.
Increased Body Hair and Baldness
Especially in those genetically predisposed, baldness and increased growth of body hair represent two more side effects of anabolic steroids use.
Other Anabolic Steroids Side Effects
Other important side effects caused by the use of anabolic steroids are:
- Temporary infertility in men
- Testicles atrophy (shrinking). I personally know a guy that was terrified because he thought he permanently "lost" his sexual life
- Hypertrichosis and virility (in women this means hair growth and development of male characteristics like deep voice, facial features etc.)
- Menstrual changes
- Severe fetal abnormalities (if steroids are taken during pregnancy)
- Stunded growth (if taken during adolescence)
- Hepatic disfunction
- Increased cardiovascular risk (how many young ex wrestlers have died recently?)
- Increased anger and aggressive behavior (thoughts of murder and sexual abuse during long-term cycles, and suicidal thoughts during abstinence)
Physical and psychological dependency on these substances is so strong that even if one starts taking low doses to limit the side effects of anabolic steroids, he soon might be caught in a loop where he will increase the doses to have better results and therefore the side effects can become very dangerous, to the extreme, like in the pictures above.
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