Are Anabolic Steroids more beneficial or risky?

Anabolic Steroids

I know we've all heard, or said, at least a time or two, the words "Back in my day I used to be able to do that". As I get older I realize that those words hold a lot of weight more now than ever. When I was in my prime, Back in my day, I could literally run all day long, eat whatever and whenever I wanted, and lets not forget "morning woods". Those don't come as frequent anymore as they used too. What would you do to get back to your prime?

Over recent years I've been contemplating the use of Anabolic Steroids in the form of Testosterone. I'm only 32 years old, but lets face it! I'm not getting any younger and I want to stay as fit as I can for as long as I can. What I've really been wrapping my mind around the most is this one question. Do the pro's out weigh the cons?

In the 90's steroids were labeled a bad name by media outlets world wide stating that they were just as bad as drugs like heroin, cocaine, etc. Lyle Alzado, a professional American Football player, who's best know for his time with the Los Angeles Raider, claimed that his 10 plus years of steroid use gave him a cancerous brain tumor that would eventually result in his death. With peoples little knowledge of anabolic steroids and the media telling us they were bad and cause death, stories like Lyle's is frightening.

In the last 15 years we've seen an increase in the use of Anabolic Steroids. Steroids aren't just used by body builders. They are gaining popularity amoung professional athletes as well as the youth.

I remember when I was a kid and how our hero's, the people we looked up to, did not look like Arnold Schwarzenegger. In fact, look how much society's idea of how batman should look has change in the last few decades.

Batman through the years

You'd almost think that society's image of our modern day hero's including professional athletes might actually influence our youth's dicision whether to use or not use steroids. And why wouldn't they? Modern day batman looks way more badass than the old. No offense Adam West.

Benefits of Anabolic Steroids:

Healthy Heart and Blood: Low testosterone levels are linked to a variety of cardiovascular risks. According to Harvard Medical School, testosterone replacement therapy can widen coronary arteries. This may be helpful for men with angina, chest pain, and pressure when your heart doesnt get enough blood

Less Fat and More Muscle Leaner body mass helps control weight and increases energy. There is some evidence that testosterone treatment can decrease fat and increase muscle size and strength. This effect is greater if you combine treatment with strength training and exercise.

Stronger Bones Strong bones help support your muscles and internal organs, which can boost athletic performance. As men age and testosterone levels drop, so does bone density. This raises the risk of weak bones and osteoporosis.

Better Libido Testosterone levels naturally rise in response to sexual arousal and activity. Testosterone levels fall off during long periods of abstinence. In turn, more testosterone boosts sexual desire, continuing the cycle. Testosterone has been shown to have a positive effect on a mans sexual drive and performance.

Improved Mood Along with better libido, Testosterone plays a huge part in overall mood and well-being. Low Testosterone can cause depression, inability to achieve an erection, and lack of energy.

Risks of Anabolic Steroids

Gynecomastia Testosterone will turn into estrogen. If you have too much estrogen, you may end up developing man tits. Drugs like Nolvadex and Armidex are used as Anti-estrogen supps.

High Blood Pressure Testosterone May cause an increase in blood pressure. Many Bodybuilders tend to watch their salt and caffeine intake to help control this. Cardio is also added to lower blood pressure.

The Infamous "Roid Rage" This is mostly a myth. Roid rage has never been proven. Some say they turn in to the hulk when taking Anabolic Steroids.

IMPORTANT The risk come greater to those who abuse Anabolic Steroids. Just like any drug, if you abuse it you may see or feel unwanted side effects.

In conclusion, it seems that without abusing Anabolic Steroids, one may find it way more beneficial to increase their Testosterone.