1.) Do steroids really make your head bigger? I know it might happen to some guys, but most of my buddies and myself probably have heads that look small proportionate to our bodies. If this is true, what is the science behind it generally?
2.) I know this one has been battled back and forth since the dark ages, but is everyone who juices all of a sudden prone to MPB? I mean, look at Arnold when he was in movies - he had a full set of hair.
3.) Is it really bad for your heart or is that just for guys who pop steroids like skittles? Word has been going around the local gym that one guy died 35 years old from a heart-attack and apparently he only had a few years of steroid use in his early 20's.
I believe it has been shown that Phera Plex and its clones DO enlarge the heart. There may be other steroids that do also. High blood pressure, which can be a side effect of AAS usage can cause an enlarged heart, so I sure wouldn't rule out #3.
But are those results permanent?
1.) it doesnt enlarge the head, it enlarges the forehead and cranial ridge sometimes
2.) if u are going to be bald, that is already predetermined. the steroid use will only speed up the process
3.) they do enlarge the heart overtime... anything with high blood pressure will
look at how many professional wrestlers died of heart attacks. its growth hormone that give you a big head. look up acromayalgy sorry cant spell
What about the other myths, such as:
Permanent shrinking of the penis and testicles.
Steroids causing people to lose their minds, becoming violent, and murder others.
Permanently killing your libido.
Permanently causing you to become infertile.
Those are some of the other myths that I have heard about. Just thought I'd mention them.
-anything elevating testosterone can give u "roid rage" an exaggerated word for "irritability"
-steroids can cause u to be more irritable causing a shorter temper... murdering somebody? maybe in a spur of the momment fight, but not premeditated.
-permanent loss of libido and infertility is the closest to true out of the myths u listed... after prolonged use. ur hormones arnt ment to be constantly fuked with, doing so is a toss up... its medical uncharted territory
#2 true to a certain degree
#3 true. Heavy A.A.S. usage enlarges the heart.
Has anyone mentioned Post-Cycle Therapy to you?
I had a girl friend in high school that fell in w/ "a bad crowd" & started doing meth: she died 6 months later as a result of an enlarged heart. Did she have a congenital defect? Could be; could be that a genetic defect is necessary to provide the basic potential, and that chemical abuse seals the deal.
Does this mean "steroids are bad for your heart"? No. being stupid is bad for your heart - and bad for everything else, too.
Well with responsible use, most of these things don't really come into play...
The enlargement is probably a results of 2 things:
1. You are taking steroids and the heart is a muscle. It works all the time. If it didn't you'd be dead. The steroids are not selective in the androgen receptors they hit.
2. As you get larger, it taxes your heart more to get that blood to your larger physique/body, so it works harder. This combined with steroid use is a recipe for an enlarged heart.
Most people who use steroids probably use clenbuterol which is touted for causing necrosis of the heart cells. This only mitigates the problem.
And of course your HDL/LDL levels shift in a bad direction.
I'm sure most IFBB pros have hearts the size of watermelons.
To each his own.
I am sure i am going to repeat what some others have said but here goes:
1. no, steroids can enlarge the brow ridges and the jaw line, largely due to enlargement of the underlying muscles but "big head" is largely reserved for GH use.
2. Some are more prone to MPB than others, but if you use strong enough androgens for long enough period of time, you will lose some hair.
3. Steroids are inherently cardiotoxic. Even worse, the hypertensive effect and the negative effects on blood lipids is a potential recipe for disaster. There is not too much you can do about the cardiotoxicity but if you control the associated hypertension and lipid alterations, you can significantly improve your chances/.
The above blood tests are very common and are good indicators of cardiovascular health.