But, that's not true for men. Testosterone protects the heart. Elsewhere on RealJock, I've quoted a variety of studies, numerous times.
LVH (Left Venticular Hypertrophy / englarged heart ) is both desirable and a result of heavy training, in ANY athlete. Of course, you have to have a strong heart to be a good athlete. Having a larger heart is an adaptive response to training stresses, and not directly attributable to AAS. For crying out loud, engage brain before touching keyboard. DUH! After 33 years of weight training, I have LVH, and thankfully so. That's why, at 47, I can hold my heart rate at 160BPM on level 12 on the stairs for 20 minutes! DUH! That's why,...I'm in the top 2% nationally in fitness, and that's why my cholesterol is low on both sides (125/32), but..the ratios are very good. Before folks run off at the mouth, they need some clue as to what they're talking about instead of being Vaselined Sheep.
I don't feel like rambling here, because ignorant folks often choose to remain ignorant, despite a plethora of facts, to the contrary, but here's the reality:
Testosterone protects your heart (it's not estrogen, which is what you are talking about. In fact, it's the ratios that make the difference). Testosterone protects against a wide degree of aging diseases, including BP, cardiovascular, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's, and well as osteoporosis, and muscle wasting. It's not by coincidence that these hormones remain the treatment protocol of choice for the sickest of the sick, and those with the most fragile immune systems. They work, and with low risk, and low side effects, despite whatever brainwashing might have been done on some folks.
If someone can show me the studies that support some of the preposterous claims made here, I'm happy to review them. They aren't there. In fact, studies, supporting just the opposite of what was said in this thread are all around, and I've quoted them elsewhere, and good muscle boards like professionalmuscle.com, have literally dozens of them.
In fact, in study after study, of even the heaviest of AAS users have a lower mortality than the general population. They are among the fittest of the fittest; the healthiest of the healthiest. UNT has documented this extensively, as well as John Hopkins.
It's sickening to see someone present garbage that has NO BASIS in fact.
The reality is that being overweight is by far and way above way way way more dangerous than a butt load of AAS.
That's why NOT ONE single organization recommended that AAS be controlled...not even the DEA itself.
If we're truly interested in protecting the public well being fat, overweight, sports fans, drinking alcohol, smoking cigs, and having bean dip and chips, need to be locked up to protect them from themselves.(SIC). Let's compare apples to apples, and stop with the fear-mongering based upon here say. Like religion, the crap, and it is CRAP, put forth early in this thread is beyond ridiculous.
What it gets down to is that juice is now part of the failed "war on drugs", with folks making big money in the whole game that entails, and willing to say just about anything to justify there existence, no matter if it's with zero virtue.
It's not about savings lives but about creating more sick people, and more jobs for the extreme right wing. Any men over 28 should be looked at for anti-aging, should be exercising, and so on, and not pumped full of statins and so on. The whole medical systems if fubared. Sadly, so many more could be saved, if these therapies were started in the 20s.
Dangerous is being fat. Dangerous is taking bp meds, cholesterol meds, pain pills, and so on. Dangerous is NOT remaining healthy and vibrant.
Also GQJock gives horrible advice. If you're using, it's best to get on and stay on. Agromegaly is from to much GH, and only if you have the gene, not juice. Study up Litte Buddy. Gyno is from to much estrogen and is easily fixed with an anti-e. DUH! Where do you come up with this crap? Problems happen when you "cycle", and bounce yourself around. If you don't bounce yourself around, you don't deal with any of the fucked up shit of bouncing yourself around. To give such poor advice is idiocy.
For whatever it's worth, I've had a testosterone prescription for years. I firmly believe it's allowed me to grow old gracefully, improved my health, and allowed me to train at the levels I wouldn't be able to otherwise. At 47, I wouldn't have it any other way.
The Mitchell Reports was several million wasted on a witch hunt. That money would have been better spent educating fat people or helping the homeless. We truly have priorities fucked up in D.C.
Science is, and will remain, an integral parts of sports, and aging. The days of growing old, getting fat, and lying in the recliner are OVER.
In 33 years of being in the gym, I've not once seen "roid rage." I've seen some idiots, but, juice promotes a sense of well being, and anyone with any experience knows that. Now, if you're someone that was taught to be aggressive, and you mis-behave, "roid rage" becomes an "insanity" defense. I've never seen it. In fact, what I've seen is just the opposite, folks going from down in the dumps to full of vim and vigor. These hormones are mood enhancing, and it's all very well documented.