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February 25, 2014
Why bodybuilding steroids are bad for your health
There is no shortcut to success – you might have heard on several occasions. And, with so many of our actors bulking up to get incredibly ripped bodies , success for some young men equates to having a body similar to them. While this is not a negative aspiration as being fit as a fiddle is really good for your health and life in general, using steroids to get there is definitely a dangerous trend.


How do steroids help build muscle? Steroids help in producing proteins and preventing the effects of cortisol in muscle tissues resulting in an improved muscle mass. Gradually, the muscles turn into biceps, triceps and six- pack abs. They become three times bigger than its original size,’, Indu Tolani, a dermatologist told IANS. What are some of the commonly available steroids? Steroids are usually derivatives of male hormones like testosterone and are usually taken in an oral or injection form. Some of the common ones sold are – andro, clenbuterol, clen, primobolan and decadurobolin. The reason they’ve become popular is that they are not that expensive with a vial costing between Rs 80 and Rs 300. Also, gyms across the country sell steroids at a high rate of Rs 5000 for a box of capsules that’ll last three months. Sometimes, steroids are given by gym trainers in the garb of health supplements too as there is a huge profit margin for the gyms in this, even more than the cost of the gym membership itself. Read more about how weight gain worries may push male teenagers to drugs. What are some of the side-effects of using steroids? Using steroids can have several side-effects with the most dangerous one being that it can make you infertile! They can also damage your liver and kidneys, and in some cases cause a swelling in your brain. Additionally, steroids can also cause problems for your heart such as high blood pressure, enlargement of heart, high cholesterol, etc. The side effects don’t stop here  –  they can lead to the formation of acne or pimples, make you excessively aggressive  and give you suicidal tendencies. Find out more about how steroids can even make people commit murders. Surely, all these side effects make taking steroids extremely risky for you. Besides these side effects, they are also illegal. ‘Using steroids for building muscles is not only wrong but is illegal.’, V.M. Katoch, director general of Indian Council For Medical Research told IANS. Getting a superstar body is desirable, but it should come only with dedicated exercise, strict diet and  lots of hard work. http://health.india.com/fitness/how-bodybuilding-steroids-are-bad-for-your-health-sa214/