Have you considered taking steroids? Allen Tripp explains the bad effects of steroids on your body and how you can take things too far.

How far can you take muscle building? How far can you take it before it is too far? There is a price for those superficial muscles that you acquire from steroid use. There are many dangerous long term and short term effects that are associated with steroid abuse; and these dangers begin to take effect from the first time you take it - whether it is taken orally or via injection. The drugs known as steroids are legally available through a medical prescription. They are often prescribed to those with impotence or lack of testosterone. They are also administered to patients with AIDS. Alternatively they are used illegally by some bodybuilders and athletes alike as a quick way to gain power and muscle. The fine in the U.S. for illegal distribution of steroids is no less than 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The fine for illegal usage of steroids is $1,000 and a year in jail.

Athletes are always pushed in their sport to acquire maximum power and endurance; this is why some turn to steroids. Unfortunately athletes do not realize the imminent dangers in steroid use, therefore leading to death or paralysis. Those balloon sized muscles come with a price. Before taking steroids you need to ask yourself this question: “How much are you willing to pay for that surreal physique?”. $200.00? $300.00? No, how about the rest of your life!? Steroids put major compromises on your health. Short term effects can be reversed, but include: shrinking of the testicles, reduced sperm count, development of breasts, baldness, and infertility. For women, additional side effects include: deepened voice, changes in cessation of menstrual cycles, and growth of facial hair. In other words…If you’re a man that wants to be a woman, or visa versa then this drug may just be for you! These are only the physical effects.

There is a wide variety of mental side effects that the drug can implement on the user. These include: dizziness, mood swings (anger, depression), hallucinations, paranoia, and problems sleeping. But wait, there’s more… The major effects of steroid use can include jaundice, liver tumors, fluid retention, and high blood pressure. These horrible after-effects of steroids ultimately lead to an overly-enlarged heart, failure of the liver, and eventually an early death. Teens and steroids don’t mix either. The above effects are just as likely to occur in younger bodies, along with the risk of stunted growth, and even prolonged puberty. Unfortunately most macho pub lurkers, and easily influenced teens have the impression that it is their bodies that are getting checked out by the ladies, and not their circulatory system! This may be true, unless you are dating a female doctor! Long term effects of this drug are greatly unknown, as the side effects vary from person to person.

Oral Steroids vs. Injectable Steroids

In theory, injectable steroids are safer to take because they do not have to be digested (as oral steroids do). People that consider taking steroids generally have the problem that they will not be able to inject the drug into themselves. This makes oral steroids very popular in the underground bodybuilding community. Oral steroids are said to be harder on the liver than injectable steroids. This is proven to be true. Oral steroids have a shorter “half-life” than injectable steroids. A “half-life” basically is how long a steroid stays in your system. Because of the shorter “half lives” of oral steroids, they only last 3-5hours per pill. Therefore, oral steroids need to be taken several times a day. This puts immense strain on the liver. Yet, if you are a beginner to steroids and are not sure of yourself with injections - then there is the danger of missing the target area and inadvertently injecting the drug directly into a tendon. This can lead to a clot, that will lead to death provided it is not caught by a surgeon in time. Steroids are advertised to increase the size of your muscles. Keeping in mind the heart is also a muscle, steroids increase the size of that as well. Steroid use has been proven to reduce the amount of HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) and to increase the amount of LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol). This is very dangerous and can lead to a heart attack.

Many athletes overlook the harmful effects of steroid abuse and decide to pump the drugs into their bodies. The fastest man alive (Ben Johnson) beat Carl Lewis at the 100-meter dash with an incredible time of 9.79 seconds in the year 1988. It was discovered that Johnson had traces of steroids in his urine. This nullified his world record and stripped him of the gold medal. Yes, that power, that speed, that physique; it all comes with a price. In this case, it was not his long term health (at least not yet) but rather his honor and dignity as an athlete and a human-being.

Weightlifters and professional bodybuilders strive for perfection through un-natural substitutes themselves. In Greg Valentino’s case, perfection is not what he chose to go for; but rather past that point. He decided he wanted to go past the point of perfection, to the point of the disgusting freak that he is today. Despite Greg’s use with steroids, he is actually quite famous. Actually, infamous would be the correct term. Infamous for his grotesque 27-inch arms.

In achieving a bodybuilding goal naturally, a lifter will definitely feel better about himself. Building natural mass only costs you the work you put into it. A hardcore steroid user can decrease their life span by greater than 20 years. Why risk it? Dedication and proper nutrition is the foundation to building a healthy, natural body.

Sources:
http://www.t-nation.com/findArticle.do?article=211hate
http://www.extreme-athlete.com/steroids.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Johnson_sprinter

11 Comments
Anon
Posted on: Wed, 06/17/2015 - 15:21

I have a weird question but I was in an athletics competition and there was one team which won every single event. My friend had over heard them discussing steroids and think that they are taking them. We then later noticed that they all had very bad body odour and their lips hung rather low are those side effects of steroids or just my team being paranoid?

Joe Wilder
Posted on: Sun, 04/13/2014 - 18:17

You want proof ? Google all of the professional wrestlers and bodybuilders that are dying in their fifties. You are injecting hormones into your body. You better believe they will shorten your life. Also, you cannot maintain the gains once you come off of them permanently. Again, google bodybuilders then and now pics. If you take steroids for 20+ years and you take them in amounts needed to become huge and to stay huge, you will absolutely die younger than if you had not taken them. That is a 100% guarantee

Mohammad
Posted on: Tue, 01/21/2014 - 07:54

I'm amazed, I have to admit. Rarely do I come across a blog that's both equally educative and interesting, and without a doubt, you have hit the nail on the head. The problem is an issue that not enough people are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy I stumbled across this in my search for something concerning this.

anon
Posted on: Tue, 11/12/2013 - 15:06

What an outdated and biased article. Do you work for a tabloid newspaper? Where are the pros and cons? ru telling me there is no way to safely administer steroids and you definitely going to cause yourself damage? Why dont you paint it in the same light as red wine? If you take steroids it can actually improve your health at the right dose but if you abuse it, yes it can cause damage to your body. The main difference between an abuser of Red wine lets say and an steroid abuser is? One usually takes precautionary measures(liver, cardiovascular, lipid e.t.c support) and they actually exercise and the other will probably just sleep it off.

Not saying steroids is good or bad but please if your going to write an article give an honest view of the known facts on the topic, not one that suits your argument. Also your statement about there isnt no such thing as free lunch. Well it looks like Arnold has stolen all the free lunch vouchers cause he took steroids, he won Mr Olympia, he became a world famous actor and now he is the Mayor or Governor of San Francisco. He needs to take Ben Johnson out for lunch one day and share some of his success.

Oregon503
Posted on: Thu, 11/15/2012 - 01:34

A friend of mine just died in his sleep 2 days ago. He used steroids. Found out it was an enlarged heart. DONT USE THEM!!!! He was only 34!!!!!

Marine
Posted on: Tue, 10/16/2012 - 12:03

People never actually show hard evidence that steroids are killing people. Why is Arnold Schwarzneger looking so healthy? What about all the Russian and US Olympic Athletes from the 80's? Why are the top bodybuilders no dropping like flys comsidering the huge amounts of steroids they do. Is it possible that like smoking and drinking and drugs doing steroids is only bad if done for too long and most bodybuilders don't do it for more than about 10 years of their live. Lance Armstrong had cancer and yet took Testosterone after his cancer and didn't get a relapse! Life is terminal but we still do it.

brian
Posted on: Wed, 02/08/2012 - 00:15

will steroids affect you really bad only for one shot?

dave
Posted on: Wed, 06/23/2010 - 14:59

don't point the finger at ben when we now know carl was just as juiced!

Arnold Schwarze...
Posted on: Wed, 06/02/2010 - 13:07

I only vish I ad read this b4. Good job. Not use steroids.

gully
Posted on: Mon, 01/21/2013 - 18:49

can anyone plz reply back...my frined started using anabolic for only 2 months 3 pills a day i think that is 25mg.he has gained about 8-10 kg,he is like me very skinny and hard to gain weight he gave me some and told me it won't relaly have side effects if you take taht less usage and very limited time.he is off this now and seeems to have no side effect apart from gaining a massve amount he would'nt without it.i'am considering using it just to gain at least 6-7kg and get off it.what advice can you give me,will it have any side effect at taht short amount of usage.thanks

Ina
Posted on: Sat, 03/01/2014 - 09:25

ALL drugs have side effect!

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