The Dangers of Anabolic Steroids

Posted by: Paul Becker

Every now and then we hear someone saying that steroids are safe and don't really have any side effects. This is NOT true!

The following is copied word for word from the Physicians' Desk Reference:

WARNINGS: Peliosis hepatis, a condition in which liver and sometimes splenic tissue is replaced with blood-filled cysts, has been reported in patients receiving androgenic anabolic steroid therapy. These cysts are sometimes present with minimal hepatic dysfunction, but at other times they have been associated with liver failure. They are often not recognized until life-threatening liver failure or intra-abdominal hemorrhage develops. Withdrawal of drug usually results in complete diappearance of lesions. Liver cell tumors are also reported. Most often these are benign and androgen-dependent, but fatal malignant tumors have been reported. Withdrawal of drug often results in regression or cessation of progression of the tumor. However, hepatic tumors associated with androgens or anabolic steroids are much more vascular than other hepatic tumors and may be silent until life-threatening intra-abdominal hemorrhage develops. Blood lipid changes that are known to be associated with increased risk of atherosclerosis are seen in patients treated with androgens and anabolic steroids. These changes include decreased high-density lipoprotein and sometimes increased low-density lipoprotein. The changes may be very marked and could have a serious impact on the risk of atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease.

Doesn't sound very safe to me! I would also like to point out that these warnings are based on the recomended dosages (6mg a day) and only taking one type of steroid at a time, so you can imagine how much these dangers are magnified when someone takes hundreds of mgs a day and stacks many different steroids together.

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