Our expert says:
The steriods you have mentioned appear to be Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (AAS). These are a synthetic derivative of the male hormone testosterone that can can enhance strength and muscle gains when taken short term. However, a reduction in fat mass does not appear to to occur. Short and long term use of AAS disturbs the body's natural production of sexual hormones, namely testosterone and gonadotrophins. The most common reported side effects are a change in sexual drive, acne, aggressive behaviour and depression. Increased risk for heart disease is a major concern as well as disturbances in immune function, urinary tract, genitals and possible liver failure. It is important to know that scientific studies use small doses of AAS over a relatively short period which means the observed effects are not as dramatic when larger doses are taken for longer periods of time in a real life situation.
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