The dark side of taking steroids

Gone are the days where the ‘juicers’ were professional athletes looking for that extra push in their workout. Over the last few years, everyone from professionals to average joes seeking that extra pump has turned to steroids. But little actually know the true consequences, of what taking steroids can do.

Currently, on the market there are multiple different varieties of Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (AAS). A.k.a roids, to that average gym bro that curls for around an hour a day. Each version of steroids work roughly the same as each other, however the consequences differ each time.

The real difference between steroids is the anabolic and androgenic effects. Anabolic measures effect the building muscle tissue, which androgenic measures refer to male sexual characteristics, such as pubic hair, genital development and greasy skin.

Ultimately, to summarise steroids, a recent study completed in Denmark showed steroids users were three times more likely to die, simply based on the fact they use steroids. Now if that doesn’t hit home, and prevent you taking them well, good luck.

To follow, we’ve broken down each steroids and the side affects which they possess.

Deca Durabolin 

Deca is slowly released into the body over several days. It must be taken with a large hit of testosterone otherwise it reduces the body’s production of DHT, a sex hormone which can lead to erectile dysfunction. No need to explain that it can be referred to as ‘deca dick’.

Trenbolone acetate

Trenbolone is great for building and retaining muscle mass, as well as rapidly increasing strength due to its high androgenic count. However, users find acne is at its worst using this compared to any other steroid. It can also be extremely poisonous and potent in its raw form.

Dianabol

Large initial weight gain is attributed to water retention causing bloating in the body, neck and face, a.k.a. moon face (quite fitting). However, it places great stress on the liver.

Winstrol

Winstrol increases efficiency of other drugs by reducing the amount of sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG). It can lead to joint problems, with users reporting ‘dry’ and painful joints. Plus it’s highly hepatotoxic, which means it destroys liver cells.

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