Effects of Long Term Supplementation of Anabolic Androgen Steroids on Human Skeletal Muscle
Because of recent anabolic steroid abuse scandals at all levels of athletic competition ranging from high school sports to the Olympics in Seoul, Korea, the investigators closely examined the anabolic steroid use histories of 20 competitive and noncompetitive weight lifters. Steroid efficacy studies only examine the anabolic effects of individual drugs. However, these 20 steroid users consistently practiced polypharmacy. During steroid use cycles lasting between 7 and 14 weeks, athletes commonly used two or three oral agents and two long-acting injectable products.
Dos ages of oral preparations tended to be similar to those used in efficacy studies, whereas dosages of the long- acting injectable agents were approximately three to eight times greater than those used in controlled stud ies. Subjects reported significant increases in body weight and strength. In addition, mental status changes were reported that included symptoms of depression, hostility, aggression, and paranoia.
Based on the pat tern of anabolic steroid use currently being practiced in the United States, it is apparent that past efficacy and toxicology studies are of limited value in delineating the benefits and hazards of these drugs. If you have the appropriate software installed, you can download article citation data to the citation manager of your choice.
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