theatrengym, take some time to google on anti-aging, and prevention of anti-aging disease. You can talk to any good geriatric doctor and they'll be happy to bring you up to speed.
msubionerd has his "steroids" confused. Anabolic steroids promote muscle healing, improved immune system function and recovery. That's why they remain the treatment of choice for the sickest of the sick (HIV, burns, cancer), and why they've never been attributable to a single death in over 40 years of research and why they continue to save lives, and improve the lives of the sickest of the sick (HIV, and wasting diseases) every day. Steroids, as a class, are those hormones that are soluble in lipids. Folks like msubionerd, confuse corticosteroids which are catabolic (muscle wasting, but, inflammation reducing) with anabolic steriods which preserve uscle, slow or prevent diseases of aging, lower blood pressure, protect your heart, and bones, increase your libido and promote a general sense of well-being, along with improved immune function and recovery.
Testosterone, which is the naturally-occurring AAS that makes every man a man is the anabolic steroid that is used most commonly in HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy). HRT (estrogen replacement) has been used in women for years, and years, although, through misinformation and some taboos, it's only just become popular with middle-age folks in the past couple of decades.
HRT WORKS because it fixes a lot of what's making you age in the first place...low hormones, with something that's completely natural (testosterone).
Researchers have found that it's the ratio of estrogen to testosterone that seems to account for many diseases of aging (like BPH), and that bringing those ratios into line prevents many diseases.
Study after study has shown, contrary to misinformation, that folks with supplemented hormone levels have considerable lower mortality than the lay public (UNT 1999).
At 48, I'm happy to say I have a bp of 130/72, a cholesterol of 130, above average insulin sensitivity, and glucose tolerance, and a PSA of .4. I don't have to take any meds for cholesterol, or bp, and I'm in the top 2% nationally in my age group for fitness.
While some jokers can spew about stuff they've never studied, not only have I been around it for 33 years, but, I've met with a number of geriatrics doctors, been in studies, have a number of friends in the same spot as me, and have the blood work sitting on the shelf next to me.
Just because someone who is clueless says something doesn't mean it's true.
After 40 years of science, not a single government agency has advocated the control of AAS. Not a single death. Near the very bottom in hospital visits. My doctor writes my HRT script.
Here's to good things to watch, along with googling for anti-aging, and speaking to a good geriatric doctor. You don't have to be sick, depressed, fat, nor legarthic, as you go into and beyond middle age.
At some point, common sense, and logic, should prevail.