New Delhi, 17th, November 2018: Posted by eHealthnewS

 

Androgenic-anabolic steroids can be detrimental to health and even cause premature death
Muscle mass can be built naturally through healthy food and exercise

New Delhi, 16th November 2018: A gym instructor in Kerala was recently arrested on charges of unauthorized sale of steroids. Research indicate that the use of steroids to fast-track the development of body and muscles is a rampant practice in several gyms in the country. Youngsters are often lured into developing muscles quickly through the indiscriminate use of steroid supplements, mostly in the form of injections. This is despite the fact that only licensed dealers are permitted to deal in steroids.

The indiscriminate and prolonged use of androgenic-anabolic steroids (AAS), which are synthetic derivatives of the male hormone testosterone, can cause fatal side effects, leading to even premature death. Nandrolone, Stanozolol, and Methenolol are among the commonly used AASs for disproportionate muscle mass development

Speaking about this, Padma Shri Awardee, Dr KK Aggarwal, President, HCFI, said, “Androgenic steroids also referred to as ‘anabolic-androgenic steroids’, are synthetic steroidal androgens. The hormones testosterone and dihydrotestosterone in stanozolol increase the synthesis of protein within the cells, resulting in a faster buildup of cell tissue. These drugs were once used exclusively by athletes and bodybuilders. It has the ability to add strength without excess weight gain and does not convert to estrogen or cause water retention. Bodybuilders use it to preserve lean body mass and lose fat. It is available as 5 mg tablets and is given in the dose of up to 25 mg per day. Pharmacological doses of stanozolol decrease serum high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol and increase low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol concentrations. However, when used in excess without prescription, they can even lead to hepatomas.”

The long-term effects of performance-enhancing drugs haven’t been rigorously studied. However, doping is prohibited by most sports organizations and no matter from which angle on looks at it, the use of performance-enhancing drugs is certainly risky.

Adding further, Dr Aggarwal, who is also the Group Editor-in-Chief of IJCP, said, “The addition of anabolic steroids to the human system can cause shrinking testicles, reduced sperm count, infertility, baldness, breast development in men and an increased risk of prostate cancer. Women also suffer from side effects that include growth of facial hair, male-pattern baldness, adverse change in the menstrual cycle leading to infertility, enlarged clitoris and deepened voice.”

Some tips from HCFI

Here are some foods that can help you develop muscle mass naturally in combination with physical activity.
Quinoa This is a protein-packed grain and contains all nine of the essential amino acids. It is gluten-free and easy to digest.
Almonds These are full of protein and an excellent source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and magnesium.
Soy Another natural protein source, one cup of soy contains over 20 grams of amino acids. It also stacked with other important vitamins and minerals, making this meat alternative one of the healthiest muscle-building foods around.