Hey guys, bear with me since this is my first post.
I've been around T-Nation for awhile, reading articles and seeing statistics, and have only just recently made an account. Why? I want to ask you guys a pretty complex question, one that a lot of medical articles (which I have read) all dispute. I feel its maybe better to come to YOU guys, who have first hand experience with this stuff.
I like to try to do the impossible. If someone tells me something can't be done, or is genetic etc., I love to try to beat it. For instance I'm a HUGE supporter of Zithromax, the drug that doctors are now believing is the cure to asthma, a disease once thought to be a genetic, incurable condition. It gives me an adrenaline rush when I find info that seems to disprove modern science. I know, Im wierd.
Anyway, over the past two months, I have been researching the effects of steroids in teenagers. I am 16 years old, in the middle of puberty, and look a little... younger than my peers. In the gym one day, I noticed that even though I lifted and ate more than my friend, he was much bigger than me. For some reason, it seemed like clothes simply hung and clung better to his frame. Yep guys, I had hit that wall. You guys think you have a small frame? Guys, my wrists are 5.8 inches around. Yeah. A Livestrong can slide up my entire forearm. My bones are simply far, far too slim. Accompanying the fact that I have narrow (17 in) shoulders, a shirt is like a billowing balloon. I'm also 6 ft 1. A size small shirt fits me width-wise, and down to my navel length-wise. Now I know you guys will tell me to "pack on muscle, small joints are better for asthetics, less muscle for a bigger look, etc.". I don't want this. I don't want to be thought of as the cut cross country runner. I want to be thought of as the built, broad shouldered lacrosse player.
So I set out on my quest to get bigger bones and broader shoulders, something that is considered by all, physically impossible.
I knew that larger bones and broader shoulders were secondary sexual characteristics, and are caused by androgens (ex. DHT, Test, etc.) during puberty. The reason that ectomorphs are, well, ectomorphs is due to less androgens during puberty. That is why we are typically taller with longer limbs and extremely skinny bones and narrow shoulders: androgens stimulate radial bone and horizontal growth, but fuse the longitudinal growth plates (ex. why mesomorphs end puberty early), and so without a lot of androgens, we can grow length wise for a very long time.
I bet you see where I am getting at. Yes, I am wondering the effects of androgenic steroids on bone girth and shoulder width during puberty. I am NOT looking for an increase in muscle mass through anabolic steroids, like so many teens take. Believe me, if it was just muscle gain I wanted, I would work out and eat. I hate to cheat on something that is possible, only on things that are "impossible".
Reading through medical articles on the effects of androgenic steroid use on pubertal hypogonadal mice, it seems like the entire medical community is scattershot on this. Some studies report huge radial bone mass growth, while others not none, and some even a decrease.
In human females whose growth plates are closed, they experience EVERY other virilization effect besides increase in bone mass and shoulder width (ex. they get squarer jaws, more hair, bigger hands/fingers and feet). This has made doctors believe that if these were to be taken during puberty, BEFORE the growth plates closed, body bone dimensions could be significantly altered.
Anyway, sorry for the ridiculous post. What are your thoughts on the benefits of using androgenic steroids during puberty to stimulate and increase radial bone growth and shoulder width?
And finally, I know a lot of you will say this is incredibly dangerous, you could die, mess up your endocrine system, stunt your growth, etc. First off, thank you for your concern. I am not saying I am GOING to do this. I simply want to accumulate facts and see if this COULD work. I understand the huge risks, since nothing like this has been attempted before (if it has, please send me the article!)
I seriously would love any opinions or thoughts you guys have on this. Please keep it civil and from facts, instead of opinions, since I would like everyone to learn from this.