Anabolic steroids: and other performance-enhancing drugs by Patrick Lenehan

By Patrick Lenehan

A very topical evaluation of the way anabolic steroids are taking part in an more and more prominant half in non-competitive recreation. Brings jointly the major concerns in a lucid layout that would entice a huge variety of scholars and execs.

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The 81-year-old man was diagnosed with cancer of the prostate, and following questioning about his ‘abnormal’ hormone levels it was revealed that he had been using a medicine containing 6–9 mg of methyltestosterone, on a daily basis, for the previous 30 years. The levels of luteinizing hormone and serum testosterone were very low in the patient, and following diagnosis of prostrate cancer he was advised to stop using methyltestosterone and not to use any other androgenic substances, as such drugs can be responsible for causing these hormonal changes.

1982). 0 mmol/L carries a higher 38 Anabolic Steroids risk of developing cardiovascular disease (however, specific threshold values may vary between laboratories). Nearly all studies of HDL in AS users have documented a fall in HDL concentration (Glazer, 1991). , 1985). The 17-alkylated steroids reduce high levels more dramatically than other steroids, but the abnormalities in lipid profiles return to normal in the short term on cessation of AS use (Peterson and Fahey, 1984). , 1988). Anabolic steroid use reduces levels of HDL by just over 50% while increasing LDL by 36%.

24 Anabolic Steroids It is interesting that in a study of general practitioners from the Liverpool, Birmingham and Berkshire areas of the UK, the largest number of adverse effects observed by the doctors were psychological/psychiatric in nature. , unpublished). The potential societal implications of these adverse psychological effects have been documented in a number of reports. , 1993) are examples of crimes that have been associated with abuse of AS. The effects of AS and testosterone derivatives upon road aggression are also subject to research.

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