Anabolic steroids may well seem very tempting if you’re a bodybuilder who is interested in building more muscle while staying lean and fat free. Those of us who know people who have used anabolic steroids will know just how much they can increase rapid muscle gain and fat burning and how they can help to make us more determined, driven and aggressive in the gym as well. Steroids are drugs that quite literally turn you into a superhuman and the rest of us just can’t keep up.
But before you get carried away, it’s important to remember that they can also have devastating side effects. This is like making a Faustian bargain – do you want to perform at the highest possible level in the gym at the expense of needing hormone replacement therapy for the rest of your life? Or of losing your hair? Or damaging your liver?
In this article we will look at the pros and cons of one steroid in particular (because all of them are different). This is Dianabol, one of the more popular drugs for adding muscle mass. But just how much of a risk are you taking?
Dianabol works by binding to the androgen receptor. What this means is that it is blocking the body from ‘cleaning up’ the free testosterone and other steroid hormones in your body and that in turn means it greatly increases ‘free testosterone’.
This then results in all of the positive side effects associated with steroids. That means you get increased muscle mass, increased fat burning and an improved ability to synthesize protein. You will become more virile, more manly, more determined and more ‘alpha’. Many people find that they don’t just enjoy the direct bodybuilding benefits of using steroids but also the social benefits as it turns wimpy guys into strong leaders and assertive jocks.
Another benefit of Dianabol is that it can be taken orally rather than needing to be injected. This is because the 17a-methylation of the steroid is able to pass through the liver in-tact. It’s affinity to the sex hormone binding globulin also means it doesn’t have further reactions with the body.
Cons – Side Effects
Dianabol is one of the most potent steroids available which means it has many pros. At the same time though, this can also lead to exaggerated side effects and downsides.
For instance, aromatization of Dianabol results in the development of female secondary sex characteristics. For instance, Dianabol usage can lead to the development of female breasts (gynecomastia) as well as to increased water retention (leading to a puffy appearance).
Meanwhile, Dianabol can also cause the body to cease its natural production of testosterone which might lead to the user requiring HRT (hormone replacement therapy) for the rest of their lives in order to maintain even normal levels of testosterone.
Dianabol is also very toxic to the liver and should not be used for long periods of time as a result.
Fortunately, Dbol alternatives do exist and these include the very popular and effective D-ANAOXN from Crazy Mass. This is a natural and herbal alternative that can elevate testosterone levels in a safe manner without triggering any unwanted side effects. It is also a much better choice for anyone looking to safely build long-term muscle.