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Anabolic steroids or androgens are referred to by the generic abbreviation AAS. As a result, it is not clear what the records are connected with - with training, or with the intake of additional chemicals.
Few people have actually taken steroids, people are usually simply afraid of them. In fact, steroids are more common than people think.
For several decades, there have been numerous disputes about these funds. But these drugs were originally created for the treatment of pathologies, but due to their unique properties, they gained popularity in the sports world.
Anabolic steroid myths
There are safe steroids available. This myth is very common among those who believe in steroids. First of all, it is worth realizing that, in principle, there are no safe drugs. Androgens and anabolic steroids, however, belong to drugs. Another thing is the degree of such danger. All oral steroids taken have the potential to threaten the liver, but only to the extent that the threat comes from other drugs - paracetamol or antibiotics. Ordinary vodka and that is much more dangerous for this organ. But with the cardiovascular system it is more difficult. Taking steroids leads to an increase in the level of "bad" cholesterol. The only good news is that at the end of the course he will return to normal. Yes, and "good" cholesterol will also rise, as a result, the ratio of bad to good will remain approximately the same. And one of the safest drugs among the AAS is testosterone. Methenolone (Primobolan) is also very mild. Oxandrolone and stanozolol are often called safe, but they are not - the first irritates the gastric mucosa, and the second loads the liver.
All steroids are simply deadly. This myth is the opposite of the previous one. However, this time such an opinion is widespread among those who are in every possible way afraid of taking AAS. You can talk about the results of one recent study. China recruited 733 volunteers and injected them with 500 mg of undecanoate per month for more than two years in a row. Nor did any of them show any deviations. Although this dose of steroids may seem scanty, most athletes take that much. Bodybuilders are another matter. To date, there is no lethal dose for steroids, or even toxic. In one of the voluntary experiments, the subject even suffered a daily injection of 100 grams of various steroids and androgens. Therefore, the risk of dying from tobacco or alcohol is hundreds and thousands of times greater than the perceived danger of steroids.
Steroids lead to impotence and infertility. Who among us has not heard the opinion that all pitching are impotent? In fact, such a statement is very far from the truth. When taking a course of steroids, a bodybuilder's libido usually rises so much that it is normal for a man to have 3-4 intercourse per day, or even more. The fall in sexual desire can occur when the wrong exit from the course of taking the medicine. But over time, libido will still recover. Outside the course of steroids, it will be almost impossible to reach such heights, but as a result, those men who once took AAS have normal and moderate libido. A somewhat different situation is with fertility, the ability to fertilize. Science really knows several cases of infertility due to the use of steroids. However, relative to the number of AAS users, such cases are negligible. And competent treatment, and most importantly, the correct program for taking such funds, will help to avoid infertility. It is also interesting that many bodybuilders conceive children, just being on the course. And children are born completely normal, which is a kind of response to accusations of genetic mutation.
Steroids are not needed, and you can achieve the same results without them. No one denies that records, speeds and strength indicators can really be achieved without the use of steroids. However, for this you need to be a real genetic monster, in the truest sense of the word, a mutant. After all, the performance of an ordinary person and a record holder in the 100 meters run Usain Bolt is noticeably different. The legendary cyclist Miguel Indurain had a lung capacity of 8 liters, despite the fact that even among elite cyclists this average figure is 6 liters. Indurain's heart pumped up to 7 liters per minute, for cyclists 5-6 liters. Outstanding bodybuilder Flex Wheeler is naturally low in myostatin receptors and uniquely high in IGF-1. Any normal person will not be able to achieve the results of such champions without the use of doping. Thus, it is worth recognizing that steroids and androgens still level the playing field, enabling people with modest genetic backgrounds to achieve more. And do not assume that steroids are doping. Different sports use their own special preparations. However, these stimulants could never replace training, if mistakes are made in this process, then no doping will correct them. In bodybuilding, we can talk about dietary mistakes.
The fight against steroids and doping can clean up the sport. Those who believe in this tale are either financially interested, or are very naive people. The fight against doping does not force people to abandon it, but forces them to come up with new, more elusive options or improve methods of concealing doping. Today it is already generally available that the anabolic steroid genabol was found in almost 70% of the samples taken from the medalists of the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. This drug has never been industrially produced, therefore, no doping tests were carried out on it. They decided to quietly hush up the scandal, because those Olympic Games were officially proclaimed the "cleanest" in history. Currently, many laboratories are developing specific drugs, including those in the AAS class, which are simply impossible to detect. We can mention at least the famous tetrahydrogestrinone created by the BALCO laboratory. And this drug became known only because one of the top managers of the company reported about it. And how many more secrets are hiding in laboratories that no one is in a hurry to tell? So it is impossible to destroy doping, sport must be purified by other methods.
Steroids make people crazy. This statement is largely wrong. There is only the possibility that higher doses of testosterone will make a person aggressive. These drugs will generally give a person self-confidence, but we are not talking about madness. There is such a term in the media as "steroid rage", but this is just a propaganda tool.
Because of steroids, people get depressed, get sexual problems, and some even commit suicide. When you are on a long cycle, your own testosterone ceases to be released, since the body begins to receive it from the outside. At the end of such a course, an imbalance of low testosterone and high estrogen is formed. The latter can cause depression and nervousness. A healthy man will suddenly feel like a 10-year-old girl. But after a few steroid cycles you can get used to it, however, psychologically it will not be so easy to transfer it. People begin to feel weaker and less confident for a while. Men may have problems with erection. However, we emphasize again, these symptoms will be observed only when you exit the steroid course. In impressionable people, such periods can cause depression, it happens that at the end of the course the athlete immediately begins to take drugs again, falling into psychological dependence on steroids.
Steroids are bad for the cardiovascular system. As already mentioned, steroids increase the proportion of bad cholesterol, which leads to blockage of blood vessels and arteries. So long-term steroid use will not end well. On the other hand, short courses will also have an impact, since a large body weight will increase the load on the heart.
Steroids damage the liver. And this is true. The fact is that there is a direct link between taking steroids and liver disease and cancer. True, most of the rumors are still exaggerated. The same alcohol is much more fatal to the liver than steroids. And their type determines the effect on the liver. In this regard, injectables are safer than tablets. Also, injectable steroids form better mass, which is why elite athletes use just this form of drugs.
Steroids cause acne and hair loss. And indeed it is. The risk of acne on the back, shoulders and face increases several times. And the hair begins to fall out faster.
Steroids are readily available. There is an opinion that steroids can be bought literally at the pharmacy. The truth is that anabolic steroids are illegal and cannot be obtained without a doctor's prescription. Of course, such additives can be bought on the black market, but then the game of Russian roulette begins. A person's life and health are at stake, because in essence there are no guarantees in the acquisition of a quality product. And the very purchase of steroids without a prescription is against the law.
Steroids are basically the same pill. There are many different types of steroid-related drugs. First of all, there are injectable and oral. As already mentioned, the former are both safer and more effective. Different steroids have their own properties. Some can increase muscle mass, others increase endurance, and still others increase strength.
Even teenagers can take steroids. Steroids are not magic powder. To achieve the intended results, you need to draw up a nutrition and training program. And for a teenager, the use of steroids at this age is undesirable. After all, these substances can stop the growth of the body and seriously disrupt the hormonal balance.