Steroids: Not Or Why Not?
Miracle or Myth? Answer To Body-builders Prayer Or A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing?
What are steroids exactly? Steroids are basically lab manufactured hormones like testosterone, HGH and others. Supplying your body with artificial hormones might get you a muscular body and inhuman strength, but it leaves our body vulnerable to a variety of health complications.
Truth is, it is the worst thing ever to be introduced to mankind, unless you using it for medical conditions like Cancer or HIV AIDS. For bodybuilding and athletic performance, do not even consider steroids. Not only they are illegal and banned from every sport, you will experience the ill effects of steroids within a short time. It has the capability to affect not only your body but also your sexual organs. Yes that’s correct, men have developed breasts and women have developed male sexual organs.
Lets us see some elementary, not-so-serious side effects of steroids.
- Blurred vision.
- Cataracts or glaucoma.
- Easy bruising.
- Difficulty sleeping.
- High blood pressure.
- Increased appetite, weight gain.
- Increased growth of body hair.
Shrinking of the testicles (testicular atrophy), reduced sperm count or infertility, baldness, development of breasts (gynecomastia), increased risk for prostate cancer are some you should be aware of. The worst is palumboism.
Palumboism is often characterized by the sudden development of an enormous midsection where abdominal, chest area and pelvis grows disproportionately along with oblique muscles that thicken rapidly , rendering the patient unable to hold in his stomach. A very ugly sight. Painful too.
Sex change. Yes you heard it right. Men develop boobs. Big ones. Injecting yourself with excess testosterone will convert it into estrogen, which promotes female body characteristics like breasts. These female tissues have to be removed through a series of surgery.Not onlw men develop mammary glands, their testicles shrink and so doe penis size. Manhood down the drain. Still interested in steroids?
Many of the Soviet Union’s and East Germany female athletes were affected by steroids during Olympics. While they denied that they knew what they were taking, it changed their life completely. East German shot put champion Heidi Krieger claims she was so masculinized by the drugs her coaches gave her that she eventually choose to become a man, through a series a sex-change operations.
These are the physical changes. What about psychological changes? These drugs are highly addictive. Not just physically, but you will be dependent on them mentally for the foreseeable future.On top of that, they cause mood swings, rage aka Roid Rage and eventual depression.
Last but not the least, they cost a ton. They are very costly and very rarely acquired legally. It is illegal to buy and sell steroids without a proper prescription. Due to this reason, steroids are sold in shady alleyways and smelly gym lockers. You may have to use used syringes, leaving you open to STD and other deadly diseases. Reusing syringes is a very risky business and one of the major vehicle for HIV.
So, what is the alternative to steroids? Work hard in the gym, follow a decent diet and plenty of rest. Rather than using shortcuts for having a superficial body that does not even look natural, go for the lean ,muscular and ripped look.
If you have a legit reason to use steroids for body building purposes, do let us know in the comments.