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What Are Anabolic steroids?

Discussion in 'Anabolic Steroids & Prohormones' started by Prodiver, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. Prodiver

    Prodiver Top Contributor

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    Anabolic steroids, often called Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (AAS) or simply "steroids", "roids" or "gear", are synthetic compounds which mimic the effects of the natural male sex hormones testosterone and dihydrotestosterone.

    AAS are not the same as other steroids such as the common anti-inflammatory corticosteroid cortisone.

    AAS increase protein synthesis within cells, which causes the buildup of cellular tissue (anabolism), especially in skeletal muscles. They also have androgenic and virilizing effects, including the development and maintenance of masculine characteristics such as the growth of the vocal cords and body hair.

    Different AAS have different ratios of anabolic to androgenic activity.

    AAS are chiefly used in medicine to replace low testosterone, to stimulate appetite and to treat chronic wasting conditions.

    AAS, in the presence of adequate diet, cause increases in body weight, often as lean mass. Gains in muscle size (hypertrophy) and strength achieved through high-intensity exercise and proper diet can be increased by the use of AAS.

    There are two main types of AAS: oral and injectable. Oral AAS in tablet form are "alkylated" to reduce neutralization by the liver, and can be liver-toxic to some degree. Injectable steroids are mostly "esterified" to vary absorption rates and carried in sterile oil which is injected intramuscularly.

    In bodybuilding and strength sports AAS are invariably self-administered in "cycles" of several tens of milligrams to several grams a week, lasting from six to twelve weeks or longer. Sometimes several AAS and other performance enhancing drugs (PEDS) are used in combinations - "stacked".

    Long-term use or excessive doses of AAS can cause temporary or permanent suppression of the body's own testosterone production; water retention; increase or reduction in sex drive (libido); erectile dysfunction; baldness; "gyno": gynocomastia (male breast growth); liver damage (mainly with oral steroids); and high blood pressure and raised hematocrit (red blood cell count) which increase the chance of stroke and heart attack.

    AAS are prohibited drugs in many countries. In the UK supplying AAS without a valid licence and prescription is illegal, but limited import for self-use and possession are not.

    Anyone considering using AAS should ensure they are as fully aware as possible of their effects, side-effects, benefits and risks.
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  2. Smokynizuts

    Smokynizuts Full Member

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    im scared to try AAS. looks interesting although.
  3. Lou

    Lou Competitor

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    It is good to have a healthy respect for such powerful drugs - being scared to use them is not necessary.

    Steroids have been demonised by the media to the extent that many consider steroids to be of the same ilk as cocaine, heroine and other A class substances. This is not the case.

    The use of Steroids will enhance your recovery from strenous exercise, allow you to build quality muscle under the right conditions, by which I mean with the correct nutrition and training practises in place as well as adequate rest, will give you a sense of well being as well as dramatically increase your strength. Some of the negatives of steroids have been listed by Pro-driver but these usually come under the overuse/longterm/abuse of these drugs OR when things such as PCT are neglected.

    It seems that even us ladies should take precautionary measures when coming off cycle; it has been noted that we can suffer an oestrogen rebound causing excessive fat storage. I will look out the article and post the link.

    Lou X
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  4. jef

    jef Full Member

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    the highlighted part id question tbh.

    possesion of a controlled subsatbce without presricption maybe perceived as illegal - even if for personal use. there is a multitude of influencing factors invovlved in each case, which could sway decisions one way or the other, but i beleive possession alone is a criminal offence.

    am i wrong?? anyone clarify eithier way?
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  5. m_bedford


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    Steroids are a class C controlled drug in the UK so if they haven't been prescribed to you by a Dr and you're in possession of them then you're in the brown smelly stuff if caught by the law lol

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  6. Alensteroids

    Alensteroids Banned

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    How Anabolic Steroids Work

    Steroids are synthetic versions of testosterone, the body’s natural sex hormone. They assist athletes by facilitating efforts to gain strength and muscle mass for increased muscular endurance, power and speed.

    Male hormones such as testosterone and its metabolite di-hydrotestosterone are responsible for the developmental changes that occur within the male body through adolescence. Steroids possess both androgenic and anabolic properties. Some of the androgenic effects include changes in sexual characteristics such as shrinking of the testicles, hair growth on the body and face, hair loss on the scalp, and increased aggressiveness. Athletes are primarily concerned with the anabolic characteristics of steroids including accelerated development of the muscles, connective tissues, bones, and red blood cells.

    Function & ProcessesSteroids were originally developed to treat specific medical conditions in which the above anabolic benefits would directly aid patient recovery. Although they function in different ways, the primarily method involves receptor stimulation within muscle cells which in turn activates specific genes. This is known as a “genomic effect” or “direct effect” as it involves the process known as gene transcription. Evidence of the direct or genomic effects, as well as indirect or non-genomic effects of anabolic steroids have been observed in virtually every examined form of tissue in the human body. When a steroid is consumed either orally or via injection, it travels to the androgen receptors located within the various cells. As illustrated below in Figure 1, this connection activates the hormone receptor creating a messenger RNA (mRNA), which signals the DNA to construct specific proteins. These proteins travel throughout the body eliciting the aforementioned anabolic/growth responses. Although anabolism is the primary action of steroids, they also elicit many other desirable and undesirable effects.

    Figure 1.

    Steroidal Effects
    Though the stimulus provided during weight training is necessary for maximum muscle development, steroids possess the inherent ability to build muscle with or without such training.

    By increasing the user’s endurance, they help athletes train much harder, for longer periods of time, and accelerate muscle recovery. This allows the athlete to make continued progress at a rate far beyond normal capacity.

    Because anabolic steroids are derivatives of the male hormone testosterone, their use potentially decreases natural testosterone secretion. Once the body senses and registers the presence of steroids, it responds by ceasing natural testosterone production. Similarly, discontinuation of steroid use causes the body to re-initiate its own production of testosterone. However, there is a significant delay between these events, during which steroid abusers tend to rapidly lose strength and size. At this time many employ ancillary products to bridge this gap and retain gains.
  7. landmarkchemsisy


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    lol,sweet juice
  8. Jilestio


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    knowledge...it can be useful :D
  9. huntingground

    huntingground Kenstradamus Competitor

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    Edit you post mate, you'll be banned for sourcing. Either ask at local gym or order off web, be careful though, there is a review site called eroids which may help.
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  10. Ervin27


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    Alright Thanks man ;)
  11. user7529


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    useful info! thanks dude, been looking for a good post like this
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  12. Landmarkchem

    Landmarkchem Banned

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    awesome knowledge about AAS.
  13. noel

    noel Moderator

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    Nice post considering you are a supplier from China...
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