Huge increase in steroid use – Cheating, Insecurities, Vanity and Laziness

Posted on December 13, 2018 · Posted in Uncategorized

The elephant in the room and sport (GYM). It worries me the lack of talk around this subject. It was great to see RTE point out a few realities. Something we should accept – there is no safe way of using steroids to enhance our phsics. In recent years strength and conditioning has become very popular not only for the athlete but also for Joe Blogs’. We have seen both males and females taking up this sport in large numbers. It is great that more and more people are getting serious about their health in strength and conditioning as it is so beneficial for both our physical and psychological health. As far as I am concerned strength and conditioning is the medical prescription for healthy living today. Unfortunately, as more and more people partake the risk of steroid use is evident. We seem to hear more talk around the use of and risk in taking supplements than the use and risk of taking steroids. Even more recent the risk around the taking of anti inflammatories. Yes, I think there is a problem with the large use of supplements but more from a doubling up of products, a waste of money on certain products and just not getting your food choices right and the overuse of supplement taking than the actual risk factor in relation to your health. When it comes to the use of steroids and the risk to your health and wellbeing it is a no brainer. It is such a shame that these people are training hard to get in shape and stay healthy and are willing to take such risk to their health by taking steroids. Guys and girls have difficulty keeping their food choices clean, cutting back on alcohol to keep in shape but are willing to take steroids, I don’t get it. It is bloody dangerous and bad for your health. No matter what your goal is, even if there is some vanity around those goals it should be done in the healthiest way possible. I was delighted to hear Newstalk FM tackle the issue on steroid use this week. I have worked in the strength and conditioning field for the last 25 years and am still bitterly disappointed in the way people feel the need to take steroids, particularly the young who may have only started training. There are large group of people suggesting once you hit 40 you need to use steroid creams with no medical testing, what a cop out to take drugs to enhance your shape with massive negative consequences. Yes, under medical supervision and monitoring when deficient it is needed. Russian Roulette for early disease and death. I am starting to think it is not in sports bodies interest to catch people taking drugs.

Those who take steroids may: Develop breasts, Get painful erections, Have their testicles shrink , Have decreased sperm count , Become infertile , Become impotent, Grow excessive face and body hair, Have their voices deepen, Experience menstrual irregularities, Have reduced breast size, Have a masculinized female fetus, Get acne, Have an oily scalp and skin , Get yellowing of the skin (jaundice), Become bald, Have tendon rupture, Have heart attacks, Have an enlarged heart , Develop significant risk of liver disease and liver cancer, testicular cancer, Have high levels of “bad” cholesterol, Have mood swings, Fly into rages, Suffer delusions, Have short height due to arrested bone growth, Girls may suffer long-term masculinization. If you are taking steroids you will at least experience one, but mostly several of these symptoms. The idea of strength and conditioning to improve our health is so we can become healthier hormonally and chemically in turn reduce our body fat, increase our metabolism, decrease our stresses and reduce risks to certain cancers and diseases. The use of steroids will only mess you up chemically and hormonally and increase the risk of disease. When we train around strength we need to be realistic with our expectations and results, stop looking at the mags and the movies. TRAIN AND EAT FOR A TRUE EXPRESSION OF YOUR GENETIC POTENTIAL.

With increasing numbers of people across the UK injecting themselves with steroids, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has updated its guideline on the provision of needle and syringe programmes for adults and young people.

Many needle and syringe programmes have reported an increase in the number of steroid users, particularly among men aged 18-25, presenting in the last few years, fuelled by the increasing pressures to look good.

For example, CRI runs 21 needle exchanges in England and in 2010 it saw 290 people who were using steroids. By 2013 that number had increased to 2,161, a rise of 645%.

Research shows that people who inject image and performance enhancing drugs are at an increased risk of blood-borne viruses and bacterial infections – 1.5% have tested positive for HIV.

Public Health England has warned that men who inject anabolic steroids are also at greater risk of developing viral hepatitis.

Needle and syringe programmes aim to stop people sharing potentially contaminated injecting equipment by providing them with sterile needles, syringes and other equipment.

They have successfully helped to limit the spread of infectious blood-borne diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis B and C.

In updated guidance, NICE recommends that commissioners and providers of needle and syringe programmes ensure services provide users of image or performance enhancing drugs with the equipment they need.

Source: NICE