Steroids are one of the most common doctor prescribed drugs today.
They have a wide variety of medical uses and continue to save lives daily. Lets keep an open mind and first learn about what steroids are.
Steroids are hormones. They exist as little molecules circulating in your bloodstream. Hormones are little chemical messengers that tell certain cells in our bodies to do things. Hormones are how the brain communicates with the cells of the body.
There are many different kinds of steroids, all of which have different effects on the body. Notice their chemical structure and how similar they are. It only takes a minor change to an estrogen molecule in a lab to turn it into testosterone and vice versa. Below are the most common steroids in use today.
- Cortisone – Cortisone suppresses the immune system, thus reducing inflammation. Doctors use this steroid very commonly to reduce inflammation, attendant pain and swelling at the site of a patient injury. Cortisone is a catabolic steroid, meaning it breaks tissue down which makes you smaller not bigger.
- Estrogen – The primary female sex hormone. Besides playing a role in the reproductive cycle of a woman, estrogen also causes the body to retain more water and fat. Birth Control Pills are also steroids derived from estrogen.
- Testosterone – The primary male sex hormone. Testosterone is also a steroid. This may come as a shock, that something our body makes naturally everyday would be more illegal than Cocaine. This is politics, not medicine.
Testosterone : The Grand Daddy of Anabolic Androgenic Steroids
When we think of Steroids we are actually thinking of Anabolic Androgenic Steroids like Testosterone. Lets learn more about testosterone.
- Testosterone is as an anabolic androgenic steroid ( AAS ). Anabolic effects result in bigger muscles. Androgenic effects result in more masculine traits such as strength, hair, sex drive etc..
- Testosterone, to be more technical, is actually a lipid (a form of fat) synthesized by cholesterol and produced by the Leydig cells in the testes.
- In females, testosterone is produced in the ovaries and adrenal glands. Women produced anywhere from 10-15 times less testosterone than men.
- The average man produces 4 to 7 milligrams of total testosterone per day.
- The average free testosterone produced by men is 13-40pg/ml ( picograms per milliliter of blood ) for men aged 18-59 and 9-26 pg/ml for men aged 60-75. A picogram is one trillionth of a gram. A little testosterone goes a long way. A teaspoon of pure testosterone would be enough to keep 100 men going strong for a week.
- Free Testosterone is the only measurement we are concerned with as it is only this free floating unbound testosterone that can affect anabolic and androgenic changes to the body.
- All anabolic androgenic steroids are derived from testosterone. There are 100’s of steroids available. Researches can make new ones simply by adding a atom or removing one. The effects will then change.
Benefits of Steroids
When we think of the benefits of Steroids what immediately comes to mind is massive muscles. We now know that professional athletes have used steroids as well. Lets look at the positive aspects of anabolic androgenic steroids AAS
- Increased Muscle Mass – One only needs to glance through a bodybuilding magazine to see undeniable proof of the muscle building powers of AAS. To be fair, these drugs represent about 10% of what it takes to build a heavily-muscled body. Nutrition makes up 80% and training the other 10%.
- Increased Strength – The Androgenic effects of certain steroids are impressive. AAS makes your muscles much stronger. They do not however have any direct effect on your tendons which is why many athletes injure themselves with an unbalanced AAS augmented training program. A baseball player with a pulled hamstring is often one of the tell-tale signs.
- Increased Sex Drive – Contrary to popular belief, Steroids do not shrink your penis. Rather, Androgenic steroids such as testosterone will make your phallus thicker and harder during erections. You will also have erections more often as your sex drive is boosted by testosterone.
- Improved Mental Cognition and Focus – One of the best Androgenic effects of steroids such as testosterone is that they help you to think. “Being in the zone” and that state of complete focus are aided by high testosterone levels.
- Prevention of Fat Retention - Certain Anabolic Androgenic steroids are known to prevent fat gain. An example of a fat cutting steroid is Trenbolone, a very very strong steroid that the meat industry gives to it’s cattle to prevent too much fat gain from their poor calorie rich diets.
- Improved Endurance – While certain steroids can sap your stamina, some such as Boldernone, which is given to race horses, have been known to raise red blood cell levels, thus increasing oxygen transport to muscle cells.
- Male Birth Control - This is one of the major reasons doctors prescribe AAS. Testosterone and other AAS’s can effectively shut off your sperm production. This happens because testosterone and sperm are made in the same place. When the brain see’s there is much AAS’s in the blood than usual it will signal your testes to stop making anymore. The body doesn’t know where the steroids came from so it just assumes your testes made it. When your testes stop making testosterone at your endocrine system’s request what also happens is that sperm production also ceases as the testes shrink from non use. This is only temporary and comes back once AAS use ceases. While on AAS many men are effectively sterile and thus on Male Birth Control.
Medical Uses of Steroids
Steroids are still among the most prescribed drugs in the world. Despite the negative media image Anabolic Androgenic Steroids are more prescribed today than they ever were.
- Inflammatory Diseases – Steroids are often used to treat inflammatory disease and conditions such as vasculitis, myositis, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Steroids help reduce inflammation and prevent tissue damage caused by these diseases.
- Skin Problems – Corticosteroids are prescribed to treat skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, severe cases of dermatitis and allergic reactions such as poison ivy. These conditions are usually treated with a steroid that comes in the form of a cortisone cream.
- Eye Infections – Corticosteroids can be prescribed in the form of eye drops to treat eye infections. While steroid eye drops are very effective in treating eye infections, the American Academy of Ophthalmology warns that you should only use steroid eye drops as prescribed by your doctor, because extended use can lead to glaucoma or cataracts which can result in loss of vision.
- Breast Cancer – Steroids are often prescribed to help control breast cancer and repair and rebuild the body tissue destroyed by the cancer.
- Hormone Replacement Therapy ( HRT ) – Many men who suffer from depression, erectile dysfunction and low sex drive have been prescribed AAS. It has helped many men over middle age live productive and energized lives again. Women have also been prescribed steroids as Hormone Replacement Therapy. Many celebrities such as Susan Sommers admit to getting injections of estrogen and some testosterone to maintain their youthful beauty.
- Male Birth Control – As mentioned above AAS can be used as a male contraceptive. It works quite well and doctors have been prescribing it for such means for decades.
- Anemia – Doctors prescribe Androgenic Anabolic steroids to anemia patients to stimulate the bone marrow, bone marrow growth and the production of red blood cells.
- AIDS & HIV – Doctors perscribe the AAS Anavar to combat the wasting away experienced by AIDS patients. Anavar is a very mild steroid with little to no side effects and it has done wonders to help those who suffer from muscle wasting disease. This treatment has worked miracles in allowing those in the late stages of AIDS/HIV to live normal lives and to look normal.
Androgenic Anabolic Steroids for Women
Women and AAS usually don’t mix.
While I am not a fan of professional female bodybuilding, I can respect the effort they put into it. AAS can be used by women with no side effects and be extremely beneficial, especially to women who have had injuries or are post menopause. As stated above in the case of Magic Johnson, AAS are regularly assigned to HIV users to prevent their muscles from wasting away. The AAS Anavar is the perfect choice as if taken in low dose, such as 5-10mg’s a day by females they can benefit from increased muscle tone, leanness and improved mood without any side effects.
Androgenic Anabolic Steroids and Teenagers
Adolescents should not take AAS under any circumstances!
Even though doctors sometime prescribe AAS to teenagers for a variety of ailments, the practice should be avoided at all costs. The problem with adolscent AAS use is that these hormones will unblance the delicate hormonal system of teenagers. We all know how delicate the hormones of teens are already, so adding huge amounts of powerful hormones to the mix is a cocktail waiting to explode. Much has been made of teenage suicide, future sickness and death but no proof has ever been shown that linked AAS directly to teenage suicide or death.
The health risks of adolescent AAS use revolve around limiting the long term potential of the adolescent for short term muscle gain.
- When huge amounts of AAS are used by males their estrogen levels will eventually rise. Estrogen inhibits long bone growth in humans, which is why females are shorter than males on average. Using AAS too soon can stunt your growth. Big muscles are nice but being five feet tall for the rest of your life when you were supposed to be six feet tall isn’t cool.
- Teenage boys are also particularity vulnerable to gynomastia from AAS use. Even though this is rare having large female breasts won’t help a young man’s self esteem.
- The shutting down of a teenage boys natural testosterone production at such a critical stage can harm their natural testosterone production as they grow older. Having low natural testosterone rates for the rest of your life is not good.
Androgenic Anabolic Steroids for men over 55
This is where AAS shows off it’s real magic.
Men in their fifties and above will get an enormous boost from AAS. The best part is you can do it legally as Hormone Replacement Therapy. Find a doctor under your insurance who specializes in HRT or endocrinology. You will get tested for your IGF-1 levels first. If they are low your doctor can legally prescribe you AAS. Even if they are not much lower than average keep in mind that male testosterone rates are 30% lower than they were just thirty years ago and as a man past middle age they will continue to drop. Demand your doctor give you much more than the replacement dose, which would still be below par for any man walking around thirty years ago. Ask your doctor for at least one gram of testosterone every week. Forget the patches and pills. Just go for the injectables and get used to giving them to you yourself.
Older men’s entire lives change on AAS and HRT. Their sex drive climbs back to teenage levels. They feel motivated and alive again. I have seen 65 year old men with the bodies of twenty year old studs. They were very happy to talk about their HRT and the miracles it has done for them.
How can you get Androgenic Anabolic Steroids?
There are only two way to get AAS. You may get AAS legally from your doctor as prescribed for Hormone Replacement Therpy. AAS may also be acquired through the black market, either online or on the street (gym).
If you are over the age of 55 or your blood test comes back showing low testosterone then your doctor can legally prescribe you testosterone as part of HRT. If you go this route make certain to ask your doctor for more than just the replacement dose. The replacement dose is what your body would make naturally at that age. The whole reason you would even bother with this program is not so you could feel normal but so you could feel like you were eighteen again. Be forceful with your doctor. They are just there to prescribe you drugs. Do your own research and just go to them for the legal drugs. This is sadly the position the pharmaceutical companies have relegated them too and if you do your research you will know far more about AAS than they do.
If you want to go the black market route then start off by befriending a local muscle dude at your gym or just do a Google search for anabolic gear. Be very wary as most of the internet AAS sites are scams and will just take your money via western union and send you nothing or send you counterfeits. I highly suggest having Rick Collins JD in your corner before you attempt to get any AAS in the mail. Getting AAS in the mail is a felony and does carry jail time. Rick Collins steroid legal services are the best in the USA.
What do Steroids Look Like?
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