September 29, 2020

Steroid Side Effects and Harm Reduction with Niacin

The media bombards steroids users everyday with messages about the side effects of steroids. Sometimes the side effects are exaggerated or overstated and often too much time is spent focusing on unlikely and rare side effects that may never affect most steroid users. One of the most common steroid side effects is the adverse alteration in blood lipid profiles. Several studies have documented that steroid use can suppress HDL cholesterol levels. One strategy that may be worthwhile at harm reduction in steroid users is the use of the dietary supplement niacin to improve cardiovascular health. Niacin is known to increase HDL levels. Nelson Vergel, author of “Testosterone: A Man’s Guide” discusses this strategy. [Read more…]

Steroids in Our Drinking Water is More Important Than Steroids in Baseball

The non-medical use of anabolic steroids by mature, consenting adults, whether for appearance- or performance-enhancing purposes, is one thing that doesn’t particularly trouble me. The voluntary consumption of steroids by consenting teenagers is more problematic. But it still does not represent a public health crisis.

According to a recent AP probe, there are steroid hormones in our drinking water. The presence of pharmaceuticals including steroids in our public water supply is significantly more important than steroids in baseball. Not only does is point to the hypocrisy of our doped culture attacking doped athletes, but more importantly, it represents a serious threat to children, infants, and developing fetuses whose endocrine systems are particularly vulnerable to pharmaceuticals that act as endocrine disruptors. [Read more…]

Endogenous Testosterone Levels and Mortality Risk

The medical journal Circulation published a new study this week entitled “Endogenous Testosterone and Mortality Due to All Causes, Cardiovascular Disease, and Cancer in Men.” The role of testosterone in health has long been a controversial topic and the recent steroid hysteria has only fueled the love-hate relationship with steroids in our society.

Reuters reports that “high testosterone linked to men’s lower death risk.” I hope steroid-using bodybuilders do not conclude that higher testosterone levels, even supraphysiologic levels from exogenous testosterone adminstration, are always better than low testosterone levels. [Read more…]