• Question: What do you think of steroid use in gyms? Weight lifting in particular?

    Asked by Rocky to John on 12 Nov 2014.
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      John Wenger answered on 12 Nov 2014:

      Hi Rocky

      I can’t claim to be an expert on this topic but I think it is clearly a bad idea.
      Steroids have become popular because they may improve endurance, strength, and muscle mass. However, research has not shown that steroids improve skill, agility, or athletic performance.
      The side effects of taking steroids include
      •premature balding or hair loss
      •weight gain
      •mood swings
      •problems sleeping
      •high blood pressure
      •greater chance of injuring muscles and tendons
      •jaundice or yellowing of the skin; liver damage
      •stunted growth
      •increased risk of developing heart disease, blood clots, stroke, and some types of cancer

      While taking steroids might help a person to lift a few more kg in the gym….they will also cause some dangerous effects on health.
      Clearly it is not worth taking them.