LUDHIANA: Fascinated with the muscular physiques of Bollywood and Hollywood actors, the youths in the city are leaving no stone unturned in their endeavour to beef up like their role models.
But, the craze has landed many in trouble, as they resort to taking steroids for a faster and more muscular outcome of their workout. The affect of these anabolic substances is showing up on the liver, kidney and other organs of many regular users in the city.
Doctors say many boys take these anabolic steroids without any knowledge of the side effects they cause. Consultant endocrinologist and diabetologist at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) Dr Mani Kant Singla says at least 12 boys who had been using anabolic steroids have visited him in the last two months with problems of liver and kidney.
“These steroids are toxic for the liver and have an immediate negative effect on it, even leading to liver failure in extreme cases. Besides, these affect kidney and other vital organs as well,” says Singla. He pointed out, “What is shocking is the 30% increase in such cases in about five years.”
In most cases, it is the gym instructor who advises youngsters to take these steroids misleading them on their “benefits”.
“Some instructors make the boys believe there is nothing wrong in using steroids. These are easily available in the market and that is the other reason behind its widespread use,” says Dr Ramanbir Singh, a senior endocrinologist at a private hospital near Sherpur Road. Singh says he usually gets about five to six such cases in a month, “But, the numbers are higher as most youngsters do not consult doctors when they face the health problems.”
It was recently that a 20-year-old boy, Akash (name changed) from an affluent family residing in Model Town, was rushed to the doctor when the anabolic steroids showed their impact and he had excruciating pain in the kidney.
Though Akash’s father did not know at that moment what had happened to his son, a doctor friend of his guessed Akash must be interested in body building and advised him to take his son to an urologist and an endocrinologist.
Dr Kim Mammen, professor and head of urology at CMCH, says he discourages the use of anabolic steroids for body building and improving performance as he treats about five-six cases where youths have sustained kidney injury because of consuming steroids.
Dr Geeti Puri Arora, endocrinologist at a Model Town-based hospital says youngsters should understand that a healthy body is should be their objective.
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