By: Rehan Hashmi
Bodybuilding is an art of shaping a balanced, muscular body through resistance training and diet. A well-toned physique is every man’s dream but it demands excessive, hard work. Today the passion of bodybuilding has become much risky as use of or rather we should say abuse of steroids is common among bodybuilders. These guys are quite familiar with the supposed ‘benefits’ of steroids and use them as a short-cut to get their required shape in weeks. But they are totally unaware about its health risks and how they play even with their own body. The use of steroids makes your body prone to different physical disorders, some even fatal.
What are Steroids?
Steroids is “any drug or harmful substance, chemically and pharmacologically related to testosterone (other than estrogen, progestins, and corticostoroids) that promotes muscle growth, any drug or hormonal substance that stimulates the endogenous production of steroids in the human body which acts in the same manner”.1
History of Steroids
Steroids have been used for medical treatment since they were developed in 1930. These were used for atrophy or break down, of muscle, in patients with debilitating illnesses. Patients, who have been severely burned, are also given steroids. But the first time it was used for a non-medical purpose was during the World War II when Nazi doctors gave steroids to their soldiers to make them more aggressive. Since the 1960s, its side effects were first documented and later in the end of 19th century the use of steroids for non-medical purposes was termed illegal in most parts of the world.
Side Effects of Using Steroids
The health risks involved using steroids are of very serious nature that cannot be neglected. In fact, it affects the entire body system be it cardiac, hepatic and renal, reproductive system or psychological health. Heart disease, anaphylactic shock, high blood pressure, septic shock, and even death are drastic enough to open your eyes. It effects your reproductive system in ways like genital atrophy, genital swelling, sexual dysfunction, sterility, impotence, prostate enlargement, fetal damage, and menstrual irregularities. The liver and kidneys are under constant attack by steroids. Cancer, jaundice, tumors, and Pelosis hepatitis, damage to the kidneys includes, kidney stones, kidney disease, and kidney malfunctions can disturb your health if you intake steroids.
Pakistani Bodybuilders and Steroids
Last few months have been like a nightmare for Pakistani bodybuilders as some of them have died because of taking steroids. In Pakistan, bodybuilding is not properly regularized under authorities and it has brought situation to an alarming level. The authorities need to ban selling of illegal steroids along with registering all gyms and coaching centers.
Following are some causes behind why Pakistani bodybuilders are falling prey of steroids:
- Non Registered Gyms
Most of the gyms in Pakistan are non-registered entities and without bringing them into order, this issue cannot be tackled. In these gyms, some people who don’t have knowledge of this field become instructors and play with human bodies.
- Illiterate Gym Instructors
The major lot of gym instructors we have in our gyms does not have any prior knowledge of medical sciences, more or less not even close. The concerned authorities must look into this matter and make sure that there should be a qualified person there to guide youngsters.
- Gym Instructors Offer Steroids to Trainees
As per reports, these gym coaches provoke their trainees into using steroids assuring them that their body will change in no time with these so-called medicines. Such people should be taken into account by the law as most youngsters are misled and then suffer the consequences.
- Coaches Minting Money by Selling Steroids
Some coaches at these gyms are involved in the illegal business of selling such steroids and thus they make money by exploiting young brains.
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Reference 1: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/teen-derek4.htm