Taking Steroids Isn't That Bad for Your Health
Some may think the burgeoning field of testosterone therapy vindicates steroids, but they're a completely different ballgame. Dr. Kominiarek says if you're prescribed hormones, it's because your body isn't producing them at the right levels. However, the hormones medical doctors prescribe (not non-physicians running low-T clinics) are bio-identical. But "what you see people using in gyms are synthetic steroids which don't have the same chemical structure and don't fit exactly into the cells' receptor sites. These synthetic hormones — especially when taken in doses beyond what the body would actually produce — cause liver inflammation, deregulation of cholesterol, and dangerous increases in red blood cell counts," says Kominiarek.
Even worse, taking supplementary hormones can suppress your natural hormone production, "and it may never come back to normal levels," says Dr. Kominiarek. "I'm seeing so many guys that abused steroids in their 20s and now in their 40s nothing works. Some of the biggest, burliest guys come through my doors and weep like little babies," he says, adding that many have erectile dysfunction, low sex drive and are gaining weight, especially around the abdomen.
Kominiarek also says that it really only takes one or two shots or applications to see bad effects, adding, "Hormones are very powerful." You don’t need to use long-term to see long-term damage.