Are medical opinions about anabolic steroids more liberal than the general public's?

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    May 29, 2009 3:15 AM GMT
    Both Vanity Fare and the Freakonomics blog of the New York Times have made reference to this recent article in support of steroid use. It ran in "Fanzine," which is published by an acquaintance. Although I've of course seen this observed before, the author once again reports that doctors themselves who know anything about the drugs tend to favor or be neutral about their use.

    It does seem to me that the author doesn't make a very clear distinction between so-called Hormone Replacement Therapy and using the drugs as bodybuilders do. Still it's an interesting read, especially to those of us speeding down the far side of middle age.

    http://tinyurl.com/nzpnj8

    (Apologies if someone already posted this.)
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    May 29, 2009 3:31 AM GMT
    There have been a few postings like this, but this article is a little different approach. I haven't finished reading it but it looks very interesting.
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    May 29, 2009 7:19 AM GMT
    Ive read up on anabolic androgenic steroids a lot, and if used properly they are healthier for you than cigarettes and alcohol which are legal (obvs). In fact many cases report that they are actually beneficial to ones health. So yeah im pro steroids, first chance I get, im takin em!

    Everyone should check out Bigger Strong Faster*

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    May 29, 2009 8:20 AM GMT
    Even if the FDA sanctioned and deemed them safe, I still won't be buying them. Body image and trying be better than the next guy is nothing new. Instead of "Keeping up wiht the Jones'", just call it keeping up with the hotties. Maybe it will be covered under some healthcare plan like the little blue pill. pffft.

    Be the best you can be. Not better than the next guy at the cost of your body.
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    May 29, 2009 12:01 PM GMT
    Well, the issue isn't just cosmetic, Erik. The argument has to do with delaying the effects of aging on overall health.
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    May 29, 2009 12:08 PM GMT
    If I remember correctly, in that movie, Bigger Stronger Faster, they said there had not been many studies done on the long-term effects of steroid use. One of the critics of steroids (a doctor) said it would be unethical to even do a study like like. The film maker's response was to ask how the doctor could be against steroids if there were no studies showing they had negative (or positive) effects. Obviously people are taking them, it shouldn't be that hard to find a group willing to participate in a study.

    I assume someone (who will remain nameless) will now post a bunch of links to studies on steroid use.
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    May 29, 2009 2:11 PM GMT
    There is a big difference using testosterone replacement at physiologic doses in a deficient male and the anabolic steroids a bodybuilder uses. If a male is deficient in testosterone, there are improvements in the following
    * Bone density
    * Fat distribution
    * Muscle mass
    * Muscle strength
    * Red blood cell production
    * Sex drive
    * Sperm production
    Life span can be increased.

    If I was deficient in testosterone, I would not hesitate to begin replacement therapy for health and aesthetic reasons.

    There are physicians that use testosterone to treat male aging even if the testosterone levels are normal. The Mayo Clinic says: Few rigorous studies have examined testosterone therapy in men with healthy testosterone levels. Some small studies have revealed unclear results. For instance, studies found that healthy men who take testosterone medications saw their muscle mass increase, but in most studies the men weren't any stronger after testosterone therapy.

    Testosterone replacement therapy will certainly not give anyone a bodybuilder's physique. I feel that anabolic steroids in controlled amounts and used by adults( not adolescents) are probably not as harmful as the government makes it out to be. I would not use anabolic steroids.
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    May 29, 2009 2:20 PM GMT
    ObsceneWish saidWell, the issue isn't just cosmetic, Erik. The argument has to do with delaying the effects of aging on overall health.


    you just need to be black for the delaying to happen. no drugs needed icon_razz.gif
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    May 29, 2009 3:18 PM GMT
    Black men age more slowly than white boys?
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    May 29, 2009 3:22 PM GMT
    ObsceneWish saidBlack men age more slowly than white boys?


    Hence the expression "Black don't crack."