Positives of Steroids (that no one talks about.)
To write about positives of steroids, especially when you’re passionately into fitness is not an easy decision to make. How can someone who preaches a healthy lifestyle, defend a class of drugs which have been so extensively vilified, and banned not only in competitive sport, but also by governments across the world?
It automatically risks the author being associated with steroid use. Years of reputation built basis ceaseless hard work, undone by open defense of performance enhancing drugs.
The thing is, I don’t really care about opinions regarding my life.
However, what I DO care about is the authenticity of my effort as a writer. Effectively making sure of an objective outcome, rather than pandering to popular opinion / folklore.
This article is going to focus on the positives of one class of steroids (esters of Testosterone) since talking about all classes would result in an extremely lengthy piece. Also, positives since more than enough information on the negatives is available through a simple online search.
In men, testosterone regulates the following primary functions::
- Sperm Production
- Sex drive
- Bone mass
- Fat distribution
- Muscle size and strength
- Red blood cell production
The normal average level of free testosterone (available for use by the body) at the age of 25 is around 12 nanograms / deciliter of blood. These levels start dropping and will be at around 50% of those levels by the time you’re 50. All the functions listed above, hence will get progressively compromised as you age.
Another factor worth noting is the wide range of values which define “normal”. The accepted medical range for “normal” levels is between 300 ng/DL to 1050 ng/DL of total testosterone for men.
It is very obvious here that the person with the higher value will have a much better quality of life than the person towards the lower end of the range.
Which brings us to use of exogenous and artificial testosterone to maintain values towards the higher end of the spectrum i.e. use of steroids a.k.a. “doping”.
What happens when men who aren’t at optimal levels of naturally occurring testosterone introduce exogenous testosterone in their bodies (use steroids)?
1. Positives of steroids – More muscle mass, better quality of life
More available testosterone equals more muscle mass. All our physical activity depends on muscle movement. Optimal levels of it would automatically result in a better quality of life.
A personal example here. My father is above 70 years of age and has suffered two instances of brain stroke. He was nearly a vegetable, depending on my mother for even sitting up from a lying position. It was at my insistence that the doctor agreed to administer him Deca Durabolin (Nandrolone). Within three weeks of administration, my father is now self dependent to the point where he no longer requires physical assistance to get up, walk, eat, visit the restroom or any such activity.
2. Positives of steroids – Improved sex drive
We’d be kidding if we don’t accept the importance of this aspect of life. It in fact is one of the axial factors of existence (if in doubt, do Google Maslow’s hierarchy). Imagine not having to depend on the blue pill. In fact imagine feeling like a 20 year old in the specific department. Nuff’ said.
3. Positives of steroids – Improved cognition
There is an established association between measures of cognitive ability (cognition: the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses) and test levels. So not only are you physically better off, you also think better.
4. Positives of steroids – Better mood
Subjects of clinical trials administered artificial testosterone have consistently reported a better mental state of being. Given that our success or failure in life hugely depends on our attitude, a positive, happier mental state might go a long way towards a life lived well.
5. Positives of steroids – Better bone density
As we age, our bones lose their density (that is why older people get more fractures, and the fractures take longer to heal). Optimal test levels arrest loss of bone density and in fact increases it. So not only do you have denser muscles, you also have stronger bones!
6. Positives of steroids – More red blood cells
Some test esters (like Nandrolone) have been clinically proven to increase production of red blood cells. If you remember your basic biology, RBCs are carriers of oxygen and a good RBC count invariably means better health.
7. Positives of steroids – Lower abdominal fat
Declining levels of testosterone are usually accompanied by an increase in BMI and waist circumference.
Abdominal fat affects the heart, liver and kidneys more than fat elsewhere in the body. Low testosterone levels are hence associated with an increased risk of heart disease & metabolic problems such as diabetes.
(Although obesity results in lower levels of testosterone in turn, and making lifestyle changes to reduce it is preferred to depending on exogenous testosterone to get the job done.)
The positives of steroids (when used properly) far outweigh the negatives, and hence have been finding increased acceptance across the world.
So unless you are using them to gain an unfair advantage in competitive sport or are using (abusing) them recklessly, without proper research and guidance for aesthetic purposes, steroids are just another class of drugs that help improve your quality of life.
It is then contingent upon us, as educated people benefiting from modern science improving our lives through artificial augmentation (better crop yields, vaccinations, surgical procedures et al.) to not paint steroids in a negative light, but to accept and make the most out of them.