ZbmwM5 saidMany of you talk about there not being proof of any negative effects of steroids.
Yet none of you have mentioned 'roid rage... which can be a HUGE problem for people.
For those of you who dont believe in roid rage, see below:
"Preclinical, clinical, and anecdotal reports suggest that steroids may contribute to psychiatric dysfunction. Research shows that abuse of anabolic steroids may lead to aggression and other adverse effects.1 For example, although many users report feeling good about themselves while on anabolic steroids, extreme mood swings can also occur, including manic-like symptoms that could lead to violence.2 Researchers have also observed that users may suffer from paranoid jealousy, extreme irritability, delusions, and impaired judgment stemming from feelings of invincibility."
.... I dont know if any of you have seen what a person looks like who is in the middle of a manic episode... but it isn't pretty.
The denial in this forum is insane.
Its well known that steroid use is high among the gay population. Thus all the older men who have these muscular, ripped bodies....
In any event, the need to use steroids would be, in my eyes, related to a body image disorder..... the need for a certain body type is so great that it drives people to engage in illegal activities... injecting substances into their bodies...
To the poster: you can gain muscle mass, you just have to try to change up your routine, eat a TON of protein, and possibly weight gainer shakes... all of which are legal options...
Note the word "suggests." There's never been, and the AMA, AHA, and ALA, and well as the US ARMY, have never documented a case of "roid rage." That's an excuse invented because juice was moved from over the counter status in 1988, and later to a controlled status in 1991. Faced with dire consequences, folks will claim about anything. Again, there has never been a documented case of "roid rage" in nearly 60 years of study. That's urban myth. In fact, testosterone is well known for promoting a sense of well-being, and self-confidence, as well as promoting a strong immune system (that's why it's used for the sickest of the sick, like HIV, cancer, burns, dire infections, and post op).
Ironically, the misinformation campaign has met with some success in the lay public. A 2007 GAO study showed that users are above average intelligence, health, and very risk adverse, live longer, and have better jobs, and education, than the general public. The study noted that it's hard to fool intelligent people with bogus scare tactics (a paraphrase).
I spent 11 years in broadcast news. I've spent 35 years in weight gyms across the country. I've spent hours talking with doctors.
Most of the folks I've ever met that "juice" are very centered. They like the way their high performance feels, as opposed to some sense of insecurity. I've met very few folks who I'd say are insecure, or have a warped body image. In fact, just the opposite. They're focused, driven, brilliant, and disciplined almost without exception.