Bandar Seri Begawan – Racing up to look fit has become an obsession among many locals, with some resorting to the use of “supplements” to aid their quest.
According to Dr Patrick Ang, a consultant cardiologist at Gleneagles JPMC, there have been nine known cases of death during workout due to steroid abuse.
“What is worrying is that some people take it in large dosage to get more `kick’ out of it,” he said.
Using anabolic steroids increases the risk of heart attack, he said, while damaging the liver, thus elevating the toxicity level in the body.
Some fitness instructors also voice their concerns over the increasing use of steroids among gym-goers.
Jim (not his real name) told the Bulletin that taking steroids give him the strength to train longer and work much harder, especially during group sessions where “you want to show others that you not only can do it, but you are among the best”.
The body produces steroids naturally to support functions such as fighting stress and promoting growth and development.
But more and more people use steroid pills, gels and sometimes creams because they think steroids can improve their sports performance or the way they look.
Anabolic steroids are artificially produced hormones that are the same as, or similar to, androgens, the male-type sex hormones in the body. There are more than 100 variations of anabolic steroids. The most powerful androgen is testosterone.
Although testosterone is mainly a mature male hormone, girls’ bodies produce smaller amounts. Testosterone promotes the masculine traits that male develop during puberty, such as deepening of the voice and growth of body hair.
Testosterone levels can also affect how aggressive a person is.
Steroid supplements are weaker forms of androgen. Their effects aren’t well known, but it’s thought that, when taken in large doses, they cause effects similar to other androgens like testosterone.
Here’s what is known about steroidal supplements: Companies that manufacture them often use false claims and very little is known about the long-term effects some of these substances can have on the body.Â — Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin