Soooooo, there’s a new health promotion program out intended to curb the illicit use of anabolic-androgenic steroids… The program is a joke in my opinion. The official website of the health promotion program is “zerogains.ie”
Here are some quotes from the website
"Tuesday gains got me… feeling angry and depressed"
"Shredded! My chances of having a family"
"Maximum gains… of acne and liver issues"
Upon further examination of the website, one can find a side effect profile, physical side effects seem pretty on point with
baldness and hair loss
High blood pressure
High cholesterol and blood clots
except the notion of kidney and liver problems are almost entirely attributed to the use of C17AA anabolic steroids, fluid retention is a property of aromatising steroids (although most will cause sodium retention), severe acne is dependent on the type of steroid taken and "balding and hair loss" are the same thing. Upon reading the emotion side effects is when this becomes more interesting (and full of BS). The listen emotional and psychological side effects are
Aggressive and potentially violent behaviour, categorized as roid rage (a phenomenon which in my opinion doesn’t really exist)
Mood swings and depression
Extreme irritability or manic behaviour (debatable, if a guy is irritable during contest prep… that’s probably the contest prep, not the steroids)
Hallucinations and delusions (Wait, what the fuck, that’s not a side effect)
Finally, the stated dangers of injecting AAS are
“damaged veins and muscles, infections and abscess, transmittion of HIV and hepatitis C throughout needle sharing”
AAS are not intravenous injections…. AAS users don’t share needles either.
The website doesn’t list a single study to back up its claims, besides acknowledging it gets its information is from the national institute on drug abuse, the NHS and drugs.ie, of which upon inspection, the drugs.ie article and the National institute on drug abuse articles both fail to link any studies backing up their claims.
This reminds me of that kid who died (may he rest in peace) of brain swelling, yet the death was blamed on stanozolol without any definite proof the drug in question was the cause of death despite the fact he was a rugby player, a football player and an avid sportsman, I’m sure contact sport could’ve had nothing to do with a head injury causing swelling of the brain……
I’m obviously biased as anabolic agents have had a profoundly positive impact on my overall quality of life, and yes, abuse of AAS or abuse in those with undiagnosed heart defects/conditions does increase the risk of heart failure, development of cardiac dysfunction, cardiovascular disease and whatnot, however there isn’t a single large scale study that is enough to back up the notion that heart failure is a significant risk from RESPONSIBLE, reasonably dosed steroid usage, I highly doubt using 300mg of test/wk. is going to kill anyone. Anyway, penny for everyone’s thoughts on the program, no judgement no matter the response (even if it’s flaming me for posting this). My opinion is, surely they must have better things to do than try tackle an issue that isn’t causing an alarming amount of deaths right? I mean, compare the amount of people who use anabolic steroids (statistically) and compare the amount of kids dying from heart disease, there isn’t exactly a strong positive correlation, why not work to further address
As to the kid who died, there is a single case of cerebral edema related to extreme AAS abuse https://www.researchgate.net/publication/12540806_Fatal_outcome_with_cerebral_edema_following_abuse_of_anabolic_steroids, however this kid was seemingly just taking a bit of winny…
This isn’t to be saying that people everyone should be taking steroids, or that they’re good for you. It just doesn’t make sense that this would be targeted when there’s other things (that are LEGAL mind you), and other illicit substances that are far more harmful that AAS. The creation of these programs creates distrust between athletes/bodybuilders and health promoting organisations and medical professionals, as they see this and think “ha, I don’t know a single person who has hallucinated from AAS, clearly they’re talking out of their ass”. If one wants to educate people on the dangers of AAS abuse, at least do it realistically.