Steer clear of steroids

Once again, the focus is on steroids. Most gyms and the unqualified trainers initiate the ‘steroid culture’ to their clients. Individuals who take steroids are prone to cardiovascular diseases such as coronary artery and heart ailments.

We, on the other hand prescribe exercises to improve your cardiovascular health, lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of lifestyle diseases. Resistance training will improve the tone and strength of your muscles and also increase your bone mass decreasing the risk of osteoporosis.

Resistance training, sometimes called strength or weight training does not necessarily mean bodybuilding or weightlifting. Both bodybuilding and weightlifting are sports.

With or without the knowledge, most youngsters and some actors wanting quick results are drawn to steroids. As with all such active products, the use of steroids can be detrimental to your health and even be fatal. Here are some undesirable effects of varying severity. One of the most common reported side-effect is water retention, which is characterised by a puffy face or swelling in the neck.

Most athletes welcome steroid rages as they feel it empowers them with strength and intensity. Aggression could have an adverse impact on the individual and his relationships. Mood swings, irritability and insomnia will be present. Acne can show up in individuals who never had acne and increase in those prone to acne. Premature hair loss may surface.

Steroids can cause gynecomastia which is the formation of breasts or abnormally large glands. You know you are heading for gynecomastia when you see lumps under the nipples which gradually turn into fatty tissue and increase in size .Not a very pleasant sight!

Steroids can cause heart palpitations. Steroids can affect the cholesterol levels and clog arteries increasing the risk factor for heart diseases.

High blood pressure is one of the leading causes of most lifestyle diseases.

Impotence occurs when you go on and off steroids. When steroids are first used, your sexual interest increases but eventually the opposite will happen, making erections difficult.

Pumping the body with high amounts of steroids can cause jaundice. Steroids can increase the production of stomach acid and lower the production of protective stomach mucus which may cause or aggravate a stomach ulcer.

Your blood sugar levels may change temporarily. High-doses or long-term usage can increase the chance of infection and delay the healing process. Women using steroids may find that their periods are irregular or stop. Cushing's syndrome is usually caused by long term use of steroids in women. Cataracts or glaucoma may develop.

With use of steroids, calcium may be lost from the bones resulting in pain (especially in the lower back), an increased susceptibility to fractures and loss of height. There are many more side effects. An athlete died as his fat percentage was zero which was a result of an overdose of steroids.

Dr. Jaison Paulson is a holistic lifestyle guru. You can mail him at jaison@jaisonsfitnessfirst.com or call 0484-2805345

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