Most muscle aspirants continue to abuse steroids.
In search of the beautiful body, most muscle aspirants continue to abuse steroids despite knowing they have serious, life-limiting and potentially life-threatening side effects, the researchers say.
The results showed that men who use anabolic steroids (synthetic variations of testosterone) to improve strength and physical performance are often aware of side effects, but choose to continue taking them.
This raises serious concerns not only for one's own health, but also for that of future generations, since it is known that side effects damage sperm and increase the risk of sexual dysfunction, heart disease and liver damage.
"These results were surprising, not only the prevalence of steroid abuse was high, but also the knowledge of harmful side effects was high, but this does not prevent them from taking them," said Dr. Mykola Lykhonosov of Pavlov First Medical University in St. Petersburg in Russia.
For the study, Dr. Lykhonosov and colleagues conducted an anonymous survey of men who regularly attend the gym, to assess their knowledge, use and attitude towards steroid health risks anabolic.
Of the 550 respondents, 30.4% said they had used steroids, 74.3% of users had an age between 22 and 35 and 70.2% of users said they knew of side effects.
Furthermore, 54.8% of all respondents stated that they would like to receive more information on steroids and their side effects.
"We need to address this growing public health problem, raise awareness by promoting stories of former users, on how steroid abuse has had a negative impact on their health and life, could be a strong message to discourage the abuses, "said Dr. Lykhonosov.
Anabolic steroids like testosterone are hormones that improve performance that increase muscle mass and increase athletic ability, which has led to their abuse and abuse by some, and particularly by men.
The results should be presented at the annual meeting of the European Society of Endocrinology "ECE 2019" in Lyon, France.
Indo-Asian news service