Hey there and welcome to life noggin. Would you take a performanceenhancing drug that could help you become an Olympic champion? What if that drug had some serious negative side effects? These drugs are banned in sports, but that doesnt stop some athletes from taking them. So what do they do and how do they work? Lets start off with the most famous of these drugs: anabolic steroids.
When these are taken, the body breaks them down into smaller molecules that can enter cells and bind to a structure called an androgen receptor. Normally, testosterone binds to this, but anabolic steroids can too. And from here, the real magic begins. See, once the androgen receptor is activated, your body starts to produce more proteins during the process of anabolism.
The cells in your skeletal muscles start to replicate, and this means that your muscles will start to grow and youll become stronger. In fact, in men, exercise and steroids could lead to a 38% increase in strength, and potentially even more for women. And not only that, but anabolic steroids can also help athletes train harder and recover faster by shortening catabolism the process in which proteins are broken down into amino.
Acids. But, of course, not all the effects of anabolic steroids are positive. It can cause acne, high blood pressure, and malepattern baldness in both men and women. They can cause mens testicles to shrink, decrease sperm count, and increase your risk for prostate cancer. And women using these steroids can develop facial hair, a deepened voice, and their periods.
May change or even completely stop. So, seriously, dont use these. But what if an athlete isnt really concerned with muscle strength, but rather wants to improve their endurance? This is where blood doping comes in handy, but again, this is a bad move. So bad, in fact, that Lance Armstrong was stripped of all seven of his Tour de France.
Victories and was banned from the sport for life. The goal of blood doping is to increase the amount of the oxygencarrying red blood cells in the blood. And this is usually done with either blood transfusions, using your own blood, or by injecting yourself with erythropoietin, a molecule that stimulates the production of more red blood cells.
And the basic idea is that the more oxygen that can get to your bodys muscles, the more endurance you will have. So does it work? Well, in one study, blood doping increased an athletes endurance by 34%, and in another, an athlete was able to run 8 kilometers on a treadmill 44 seconds faster than before. That might not sound like a lot, but when these athletes are competing with the best.
Of the best, every second counts. Now, these are just the tip of the iceberg. Other performanceenhancing drugs include human growth hormone, which helps increase athletes sprinting capacity by up to 4% and increases muscle growth as well. But trust me when I say that, if you are an athlete, its probably better to just train the oldfashioned way with a lot of hard work and sweat.
Are Anabolic Steroids Dangerous to Take
For thank you let’s move on desperately evidence by officials nationwide Americans when drugs are concerned really choose logic when they can opt for hysteria case in point recent Gopalpur steroids the lie to the media access the public pronouncements and the willing in washington.
One would assume that the scientific evidence establishing the health risks of steroids is overwhelming but it’s not on the country when it comes to steroid use among adult males the evidence reveals virtually no fighter despite all the smoke as I want to 10 reports.
The science of steroids or the absence of suggest some conclusions that few people want to hear more on our top story steroids in Major League Baseball unless you’ve been living on another planet you’ve probably heard the drumbeat getting louder and louder by the day this is an epidemic in America from local news.
To national news they can cause a whole host the problems some people have died from steroid abuse all the way up to capitol hill work congress is held hearing after hearing after hearing on leveling the playing field and saving the children in even the president has spoken out the usual a performanceenhancing drugs like steroids.
In baseball football and other sports is dangerous and it sends the wrong message anabolic steroids it seems have suddenly become public health enemy number one it’s enough to make you wonder why before we really get started here let’s be clear on the couple a main issues yes anabolic steroids can create an unlevel playing field.
And yes they are dangerous for kids but what about healthy adult men what are the longterm affects for them wanna know how many scientific studies definitively link the use of anabolic steroids to death or even serious health risks one 15 20 nope try 0 where the bodies where are the bodies.
44yearold john romano is on the other side of the steroid spectra the side you almost never hear romano was the senior editor of muscular development magazine in a long time user of anabolic steroids synthetic derivatives above the male hormone testosterone how long you taking anabolic steroids on and off since I was 22.
So from more than twenty years 23 years yeah any health problems none heart problems no liver problems no I’m Romano who lives in Fort Lauderdale Florida says he knows hundreds of guys just like him not necessarily pro or even competitive athletes just people using anabolic steroids is part of the workout regimen.