In today’s world, people are always looking for a quick, temporary solution. The world of health is no exception. More and more individuals in today’s world are of the view that steroids can help them become owners of well-built bodies in no time. This is however not as true as it sounds. Steroids can help individuals to enhance muscle mass to a considerable extent but they cannot deliver results unless concrete human efforts & perseverance are combined with them.
In today’s fast lives, human tendencies tend to be influenced by the surrounding environment. The charisma of television and movies is more than enough for every one to think that creating a conditioned body does not demand many efforts. However, a truth is a truth and it cannot hide long behind the wall of myths. When an individual actually enters into the world of sports and bodybuilding, he notices that things are not as easy as they appear in the first place.
Usage of steroids may appear to be a quick option but it is never the lone option. Steroids cannot yield results on their own; efforts are what make great bodies.
In this article, we would be reading some interesting facts about steroids so as to gain a clear and complete insight.
Steroids refer to a class of compounds that consist of cholesterol, sex hormones, and corticosteroids. They are helpful in adding rigidity to body’s cell membranes and execute a pivotal role in the formation of Vitamin D, bile acids, and steroid hormone. Steroids can be taken by an individual in many forms such as orally, by injection, with gels & patches or by using nasal sprays.
The dosage of a steroid can vary as per the medical condition of an individual. The use of two or more steroids is referred as “stacking”.
Steroid Cycle refers to a time period in which an individual makes use of anabolic steroids. The usual cycle period for stacking ranges from 6-12 weeks and an average off-cycle period must be of at least 10-12 weeks. However, the concerned steroids for stacking must complement each other to boost the effectiveness else side-effects can increase to a considerable extent.
Are steroids dangerous?
Nothing and everything is dangerous in this world. Even traveling by local bus, airplane, or crossing the road is dangerous. Steroids are not dangerous but like everything else, they can become dangerous when abused or misused. Use of steroids in specified limits after medical advice can help any one without any side effects.
If steroids would have been dangerous, all those who have taken it by now would have been their victims. This would have meant that not less than 40 percent of gaming population would have been complaining against their continuation. But, that has not been the case. People are benefiting from steroids without compromising on their health and this is the sole reason why more and more people are getting attracted to them with each passing day.
Can a person use steroids in injectable form time-and-again with the same needle even if it is used by him alone?
No. A needle must be used by an individual for his personal use, only once. Even a sterilized needle poses a risk to one’s health and only a new and sterile needle must be used by one as and when the need arises. This is because even a once-used needle comes into proximity with live body tissues and blood.
Boiling the needle will not help as the needle though may be removed from germs but would still be possessing blood & tissue in inner part of the needle reservoir. Moreover, it has been scientifically proven that it takes almost 60 percent more force for a needle being used the second time to pierce the human skin. That means more pain and harm to the body. Apart from this, one should never indulge in needle sharing with any one else at any point of time.
What all ailments can occur in case of abuse of steroids?
Abuse of steroids can lead to ailments such as nausea, mood swings, hot flashes, baldness, irritability, chills, and depression. Therefore, it is highly advisable to seek medical intervention before making use of any form of steroids. However, side-effects can be eliminated by following prior medical advice.
Once a cycle gets over, what all things need to be done?
An individual on steroids needs to make adjustments when coming off a cycle. These adjustments pertain to reduction in the levels of calorie intake and workout schedule. Anti-estrogens may be used, under medical supervision, to avoid any type of side-effects.
How can choose a needle for administering steroids?
There are no specific guidelines. However, a 22-23 gauge needle of 1-1.5 inches (length) is a good option for deep muscle injections on the thigh and gluteus areas. On the other hand, a 25 gauge needle of 1/2 inch (length) can be an option for administering oil injections on the thigh and deltoid areas. A 27-28 gauge needle of 1/2 inch (length) can be used on smaller areas for administering subcutaneous and intramuscular injections.
How long should one stay on a steroid cycle?
This again is not a question that can be answered with specific guidelines. The reason is simple: no two human bodies are the same and the acceptability of two or more bodies to reactions of steroids can differ as per the circumstances.
However, it is advisable to be on a short cycle if 17-alpha alkylated or high doses of rapidly aromatized steroids are in the fray. On the other hand, cycle period can be longer if an individual is making use of steroids such as Deca-Durabolin, Primobolan, and Equipoise.
How can side-effects of steroids be eliminated or at least minimized?
First of all, steroids do not bring side-effects with them. It is when they are abused or misused that side-effects happen. If one can follow the usage instructions and take necessary precautions after seeking prior medical intervention then the chances of side-effects are almost eliminated. Furthermore, illegal steroids must never be used. Sharing of needles is a strict NO. Moreover, medical advice must be immediately sought in case in case of any abnormal body behavior noticed by an individual on steroid or his doctor.
In short, steroids can make as well as ruin a body. The decision to go for and attain the desiring results without risking health lies with the user of steroids himself. Steroids cannot be blamed, they only help.