Anabolic Androgenic Steroids

They are a constant topic of debate, and by far it is a debate that rest largely on emotion rather than facts. Were talking about anabolic androgenic steroids, and in the court of public opinion, often these hormonal substances are deemed guilty of no crime other than being misunderstood, and in most cases given a death sentence. Of course, if you ask the passerby what he or she thinks about anabolic androgenic steroids youll probably get somewhat of a dumbfounded look followed by rhetoric that has remarkably little value. The truth, most individuals do not care about steroids in any way, but theyve heard the supposed horror stories, and the perpetual horror is spewed relentlessly by many governing officials and the media. So wherein lies the truth? Well, that is a question we hope to begin to answer today. Lets take a look at a few key points, and with any luck, while youll still find there is much more to learn this will at least peak your interest, and lead you to understand what youve been told to believe isnt exactly true.

Anabolic Androgenic Steroids 101:

Anabolic androgenic steroids are hormones, they are synthetic hormones based upon hormones your body naturally produces; largely Testosterone and Dihydrotestosterone. This is a crucial aspect we must understand, as in many cases the arguments surrounding anabolic androgenic steroids imply they are foreign substances to the body, when in-truth, anabolic androgenic steroids are far more natural to the body than most over the counter medications.

As by their nature, anabolic androgenic steroids promote anabolism as well as the male sexual characteristics. By the manner in-which they correlate with the androgen receptors of the body, mass and strength is increased, our metabolic rate is enhanced and our body simply runs at a higher level of efficiency. Through their use several things can occur, most anabolic androgenic steroids will allow the following to happen at some level, but the level will vary depending on the steroid at hand. These are the basic and generalized traits of most anabolic androgenic steroids:

  • Increase Nitrogen Retention
  • Increase Protein Synthesis
  • Increase Red Blood Cell Count
  • Decrease & Block Glucocorticoid Hormones
  • Increase Metabolic Rate
  • Increase Nutrient Efficiency
  • Increase Collagen Synthesis
  • Increase Cell & Tissue Repair Rate

These are the basic traits of anabolic androgenic steroids. As you can see, none of the traits are magical, there is nothing odd or strange going on; put simply, natural functions are simply enhanced. What can these traits lead to; pretty much anything you want regarding performance and can include:

  • Increased Muscle Mass
  • Increased Strength
  • Decreased Body-Fat
  • Increased Hardness
  • Increased Stamina
  • Increased Healing Abilities
  • Increased Athletic Performance
  • Improved General Sense of Well-Being
  • Side-Effects:

    Of course, anabolic androgenic steroids carry possible side-effects and to imply otherwise would be irresponsible. However, just as irresponsible, if not more so is to imply such effects are guaranteed, and to imply a more horrific end than reality provides. Like all things we put into our body, from food to medicine and everything in-between, there is an element of risk. The key is understanding the risks, weighing the benefits against the risk, and understanding what we can do about such risk. As it pertains to anabolic androgenic steroids, while there are possible side-effects, in most cases, especially regarding healthy adult men, each one is avoidable or reversible should it occur in a responsible individual.

    Lets get a few important things out of the way. Children should never supplement with anabolic androgenic steroids. A childs body cannot handle a large influx of hormones as it can severely damage their development. Then we have women, and this is somewhat tricky. Women can supplement with anabolic androgenic steroids and safely so, but extra caution must be applied. There are literally hundreds of various anabolic steroid forms, and healthy adult men can use most of them, but women will be limited to only a few. The reasons are straightforward; anabolic androgenic steroids can be harsh on women, leading to symptoms of virilization. Such an effect can destroy a womans femininity, but if she chooses wisely and supplements with low doses, for the healthy woman she should be fine. Last but certainly not least, if youre not a healthy adult you should not supplement. Anabolic androgenic steroids should only be used by healthy individuals, for as well see, they can have a negative effect on some important health related issues. This is why we want to be healthy to begin with so that we can control them.

    So what are the side-effects of use? There is a simple list that we have complied of all the side-effects of anabolic androgenic steroid use. No steroid will carry all of these effects and the effect it does carry will vary in potential regarding the steroid at hand. Further, total dosing, as well as individual response will dictate a lot. Put simply, some will fall prey to a certain side-effect while others will not. The possible side-effects include:

    • Acne
    • Anxiety
    • Body Hair Growth (Female)
    • Clitoral Enlargement (Female)
    • Deepening of the Vocal Chords (Female)
    • Gynecomastia (Male)
    • Hair Loss
    • High Blood Pressure
    • High LDL Cholesterol
    • Insomnia
    • Liver Toxicity
    • Low HDL Cholesterol
    • Menstrual Cycle Disruption (Female)
    • Night Sweats
    • Rapid Heart Rate
    • Testicular Atrophy (Male)
    • Water Retention

    As we mentioned, each one of these effects is avoidable through responsible use by controlling estrogen buildups, avoiding alcohol consumption, eating a healthy diet, and supplementing with reasonable doses there is no reason on this earth any man should have any serious issues. Of course it must also be noted, some side-effects such as acne and hair-loss are very genetically driven. Put simply, if you are sensitive to these effects to begin with and certain anabolic androgenic steroids may make them worse. However, only certain steroids will make them worse, and if these effects are a concern for you, all you have to do is research out which steroids to avoid; this isnt brain surgery.

    Of course, then we have more assured side-effects, such as testicular atrophy and liver toxicity. Oral steroids will increase liver enzymes, but if youre a healthy individual, supplement reasonably, once use is discontinued your enzyme levels will return to normal. What does this tell us, if its still a problem for you then avoid oral use; again, this isnt hard stuff to figure out. As for atrophy; anabolic androgenic steroids suppress natural testosterone production. This is assured in all who supplement. However, once use is discontinued and all hormones have left your system your testicles will return to their normal size. Lets be clear, when we say testicular atrophy were talking about the testicles losing some of their fullness, not vanishing.