The ALL ME® Podcast
S01 EP 06: Dr. Shalender Bhasin – Anabolic Steroids: A Medical Perspective
Did you know that over 1.5 million young people admit to using anabolic steroids? Many of them have no idea the dangers and risks associated with these drugs as over 85% of our young people have never been educated on this issue.
With this growing problem, we deemed it important to get an understanding of what Anabolic Steroids are from a medical perspective.
In this episode, you will hear from Dr. Shalender Bhasin, a leading Endocrinologist who is a Professor of Medicine and Director of the Research Program in Men’s Health, Aging and Metabolism at Harvard Medical School while also working at Brigham and Women’s Hospital there. Dr. Bhasin is an expert in men’s health and has been doing research on the effects of testosterone and other androgens for over 30 years. Since we will be talking about these drugs in many episodes to come, we felt this podcast was important to our listeners to know what anabolic steroids are and the risk they face should they decide to use them.
In this episode you will hear about about Dr. Bhasin’s background and how he got into this field. We will talk about his current role, what he has seen while researching anabolic steroids and many of the side effects of using these drugs. We will also dive into the world of testosterone replacement therapy all while examining the scope of this problem and the need for education on these topics. Please note the Taylor Hooton Foundation does not endorse the use of anabolic steroids and for any medical questions you may have on these issues please consult your physician.
Resource Definitions and Links:
- Dr. Bhasin: https://physiciandirectory.brighamandwomens.org/details/2152/shalender-bhasin-endocrinology_diabetes_and_hypertension-boston
- Endocrine Society: https://www.endocrine.org
- Endocrine Society Practice Guidelines: https://endocrinenews.endocrine.org/qa-shalendar-bhasin-md/
- Endocrinology-The science of hormones
Anabolic Steroids- Synthetic (man-made) versions of testosterone. Testosterone is the main sex hormone in males. It is needed to develop and maintain male sex characteristics, such as facial hair, deep voice, and muscle growth. Women do have some testosterone in their bodies, but in much smaller amounts
Hypogonadism: Also known as testosterone deficiency, it is a failure of the testes to produce the male sex hormone testosterone, sperm, or both.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy: TRT is an acronym for testosterone replacement therapy, sometimes called androgen replacement therapy. It’s primarily used to treat low testosterone (T) levels, which can occur with age or as a result of a medical condition. It is becoming increasingly popular for non-medical uses, including enhancing sexual performance, achieving higher energy levels and building muscle mass for bodybuilding.
Signs of low testosterone
• Reduced self-confidence
• Difficulty concentrating
• Disturbed sleep
• Declining muscle and bone mass
• Increased body fat
• Swollen or tender breasts
• Flushing or hot flashes
• Lower sex drive
• Fewer spontaneous erections
• Difficulty sustaining erections
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