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August 7, 2014
STEROIDS: Cost more than just money

By: EJAZ AYOUB, NGA certified personal trainer, a former medalist in bodybuilding and handles Public relations for Srinagar Bodybuilding Association and Fitness Consultant on 92.7 BIG FM Growth – something which everybody craves for; be it in business or in profession, in sports or in entertainment industry, academics or for that matter any other dimension of life. For some, the frenzy of growing is a matter of hard work, dedication, consistency and above all self belief and for few others who are either impatient or incompetent, taking to ugly, greedy and most of the times unethical shortcuts is the only desirable option. Likewise in the sports of bodybuilding and fitness there is an age old harmful, illegal and unethical shortcut used by many in the form of ANABOLIC STERIOD abuse. What is a Steroid? Steroids are hormones that occur naturally in the body. Steroids help in reducing inflammation, promote the growth of skeletal muscle (anabolic effects) and the development of male sexual characteristics (androgenic effects), as well as help in reducing allergic reactions. Steroid medicines are also man-made but are similar to these natural hormones. All steroids are not evil as you would have come across a number of steroids being used by doctors in treating some medical conditions. The types of steroids used to treat medical conditions are called corticosteroids. They are different to the anabolic steroids which by all means are harmful and should be avoided. Anabolic steroids have very different effects. Anabolic Steroids are available as tablets, soluble tablets, and solutions, creams, ointments, inhalers, and injections. Oral steroids as the name suggests are the ones taken by mouth e.g.  Tablets, soluble tablets and sometimes liquids. Some of the available Oral steroids in Kashmir include: Dianabol, Methanabol, Androl, Tri-trenabol, Primobolan etc. Dianabol is the most commonly used oral steroid in Kashmir these days. Then there are injectable steroids like Deca Durabolin, Sustanone, Nandrolone etc. The irony is that these illegal drugs are sold over the counter in broad day light by non-professional people having almost zero knowledge of these dangerous substances. To worsen the situation the tablets are sold without any label, manufacturing date, price or any chemical information. Young Turks in the bodybuilding are so blindfolded by the madness of gaining muscles that they don’t care as to what they are dumping in their bodies. They solely rely on the recommendations by friends or Gym coaches before selecting a roid cycle program. The pills are normally very bright colored and unusually shaped (hexagonal, octagonal, heart shaped pink, blue or magenta) with a number engraved specifying the weightage of the dose. Why is it dangerous? Some of the very possible harms that you can be doing to your body by consuming anabolic steroids are increased liver function, depression of natural testosterone production, increase in cholesterol levels and blood pressure, altered thyroid function, headaches, nose bleeds, cramps,  development of beast like tissue in men (Gynecomastia), insulin insensitivity, androgenic side effects such as thinning hair, enlarged prostate, oily skin, water retention, increased body hair, aggressiveness and sometimes stunted growth if you are a teenager. In addition to the above, the orals also tend to cause nausea, diarrhea, constipation, and vomiting and may even accelerate the growth of tumors. Take the above possible list of repercussions very seriously. If you are on roid cycles, possibility is that you will for sure suffer from any or many of the above medical conditions. Muscle development requires dedication, consistency and commitment with proper training, diet and rest. Do not look toward steroids as a magic solution which will help you in reaching your fitness goals rather it’s a heinous crime and a very counterproductive method of jumping to goals. Remember, before taking to steroids, a fit and healthy body is always better than an impotent herculean physic with a weak heart, damaged liver and a bald head. http://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/2014/Aug/7/steroid-costs-more-than-just-money-23.asp