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Steroids, The Controversy

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Bodybuilding is indeed a tough job. It involves smart strategies and hard work that shows results only after a lot of compromise and time. Steroids are a magic ingredient in bodybuilding. Many may consider it unsafe, while others like to incorporate steroids into their bodybuilding regimen. The choice is yours. We are here to highlight what steroids are and how they can influence your body and long-term health.

Steroids Controversy


Steroids contribute to temporary but fast results when you want a muscular body. But as it is well said, premature success can kill the enthusiasm to do much better.

Steroids and their use in bodybuilding have always been controversial in bodybuilding and athletic sports. Steroids are available in the form of natural as well as synthetic forms. Natural forms of steroids tend to be less harmful when used in moderation. However, natural steroids are way costlier than synthetic ones. Natural or artificial steroids help promote cell growth and, thus, overall body development.

Let's face it – bodybuilding is not for everyone. And those on the path find a lot of challenges in meeting their goals. Steroids help aspiring bodybuilders and professionals with bodybuilding boosters. Sooner or later, every person in the field of bodybuilding will think of using anabolic steroids. While steroids in bodybuilding are taboo, many professionals do use them. At the same time, everyone would prefer to try and get to know the impact on their body.

Steroids have a potent effect on the body at the cellular and nuclear levels. Anabolic steroids enhance the body's muscle mass without the need for dieting and muscle training. The bodybuilders who use these steroids as supplements increase their muscle quality and strength compared to those who do not. This enhanced strength and muscle mass comes at a great cost and affects the bodybuilder's health. At the same time, the improved muscle quality is an unfair grace to them.

One of the major controversies linking steroids is their abuse. Bodybuilders and athletes tend to overuse steroids for competitive gain over other participants. Once the person gets used to the usual dose of steroids, the body's tolerance gradually increases, thereby, the need for high doses too. Though no significant withdrawal symptoms are associated with steroids, the person becomes psychologically dependent on the anabolic steroids for the muscle-building effects.



For uniformity and fair practice, the officials and authoritative boards have considered anabolic steroids to be a threat to sports, whether the Olympics, cricket, football, or the hot topic- bodybuilding. Bodybuilders and other sportspeople tend to be cautious of the drug test they must undergo during a competition. Many professional sportspeople have lost their career for the sheer use of steroids. For genuine reasons, authorities are not lenient when it comes to disqualifying a candidate if their blood is found to be tainted with steroids. The users are under threat due to supplements that are illegally admixed with steroids or steroidal precursors.

Steroids are bio-molecules that can enhance the basal testosterone levels in the body. And we all know what testosterone can do to us. In our earlier post, we spoke about the overall effects of steroids on our bodies. The good and bad that it does is a hot topic of discussion.

Steroids do enhance the growth of muscle mass and increase their strength. The endurance levels and fatigue resistance are also accounted for the good effects of steroids. However, the long-term effects of steroids do not convince a 100% safe prospect.

Steroids Controversy in Bodybuilding


Steroids and injuries:

There have been incidences of injuries in professional fighters and weightlifters. How far they are linked to steroids is still a debate. The supporter of this steroidal effect, Bubba Jenkins, NCAA national champion wrestler, and fighter, believes the problem is due to performance-enhancing pills and drug dependency.

Steroids and general health

Nowadays, the use of steroids has become rampant among youngsters. Teen boys are indulging in using steroids to build a body in a smarter and faster approach. What they do not understand is that anabolic steroids can do great damage to their developing hormonal system. Furthermore, they are unaware of the repercussions of chronic use of steroids. The message should reach them that the use of steroids should be a supplement rather than a daily pill to look macho. The body loses its natural immunity and physiological functioning. Long-term use of anabolic steroids can lead to cardiovascular complications, which can be as simple as high blood pressure or as severe as a stroke. Consistent use of steroids leads to diminishing virility and fertility in men. Women, on the other end, slowly turn into a man. Masculine features such as deep voice, facial hairs, male pattern hair loss, and altered estrogen levels may not be welcomed by women for a muscular bargain.
Steroids are not free from side effects. Even with the incidence of these side effects, it was being used as a medical treatment. The use of steroids in the medical field is endless- AIDS, Cancer. It was also used to treat children with stunted growth, as the steroids could increase basal growth hormone levels. However, the uncontrollable use of steroids led to it being banned in the year 1988. The point is that even after it was banned in medicine, its use by sportsperson and bodybuilders continues.


Steroid-tainted bodybuilding supplements

Bodybuilding without steroids is a motto for a few. They concentrate on a balanced diet, including a feasible supplement that will channel their efforts of exercise towards a perfect muscle-packed body. However, their faith is tarnished by a few manufacturers who tend to mix steroids into their products for better sales. The USFDA found steroids like Androstenedione, Turinabol, Superdrol, Tren, and Madol in some bodybuilding supplements.

Other products that had steroid-like effects without steroids came up in the market. However, FDA felt it was not a good substance for the body and categorized it as an illegal steroid substance. With the stringent rules of the FDA, bodybuilding products should not contain more than protein mixed with other vital nutrients. However, in the enthusiasm of good sales, the manufacturers end up adding a small amount of steroids to their products.

Steroids controversy

Steroids are not bad

When steroids are used at optimum levels, the positive effects on muscles are great. However, steroids are a shortcut to success. And the success is short-lived. Steroids may be used as a power booster to encourage rigorous exercises that are usually intense and extensive. Be wary that steroids, like any other medicine, have adverse effects ranging from acute to chronic.
Steroids are a risky affair as the potential problems outweigh the benefits they have to provide. Using steroids under a professional guide or a fitness trainer and medical supervision should avoid possible damage. If you choose to use steroids, it is better to go for natural steroids and focus on a healthy diet.

For more steroid information, visit our advanced chemical forum.
 
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Steroids fuckin' rule - period! LOL.
 
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It depends on the steroids that you use. I mean, if you are using the illegal ones, you'll regret that. At least if you will use them daily for a long time, then you'll understand what I'm talking about. Honestly, I don't have anything against steroids, but I consider that you should be very cautious if you are using them. That's why I only use the legal ones.
 
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If they are used in their recommended levels, they are really beneficial to the body's of bodybuilders. However, just like other drugs, when they are abused, they can be problematic to the body.
 

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