People are striving for muscles, the fitness boom is at an all-time high and people are searching for quick and easy ways of getting BIG, and getting there FAST! For those people that reside in sunny Essex, it seems that the only way is… STEROIDS!
A recent post in the Sun explains how ‘gym pill’ addicts are on the rise from 50 to 1,000 in less than 5 years! Their source states that people from Essex are seeking steroids for muscle growth and strength, twice as much as the rest of the nation (on average).
This is a concerning fact, especially considering the age of users can range from as young as 14 right through to 65+, and we’re talking for performance enhancement and NOT for general health. Steroids do have a bog part to play in health and medicine, however their recreational use amongst gym goers, Doormen and even the police and soldiers is proving to be very dangerous indeed!
Steroid use in bodybuilding
So it is pretty much common knowledge that bodybuilders such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Big Ronnie Coleman and Jay Cutler all took performance enhancing drugs such as anabolic steroids to get to the size they got. This was accepted by the professional bodybuilding governing bodies because there was no way athletes were going to get to the size of modern heavyweight bodybuilders without the use of steroids (sad but true).
Do not make the mistake of thinking that this steroid use didn’t come at a cost though! Many ex- professional bodybuilders suffered with heart issues almost certainly related to their steroid use. This being true, you will notice a far higher incidence of recreational steroid users suffering with health problems simply because they didn’t know what they were doing.
A Sky News article interviewed an ex- Police officer who lost his job because of steroid use. Despite the ex- officer claiming he was ‘better at his job when on steroids’ because ‘the sheer size of him alone diffused many situations’, he did end up losing his livelihood as a result. Not only did he lose his job, but he also suffered from an inflamed liver, an enlarged left ventricle and a poorly functioning thyroid gland.
There is a LOT of evidence to suggest that steroid use is bad for your health. Unfortunately steroids are addictive in their nature, people see the improvements in performance and the increase in size and never want to come off of them. This addiction can (and often does) lead to a downward spiral. By no means am I meaning to scare monger people, I personally know people close to me that use steroids for their performance enhancing properties, but I most definitely wouldn’t recommend it.
If you’re thinking of using them, think long and hard about whether it’s really worth it. I would suggest that almost every time it’s not worth the risk. Oh, and as a little side note, steroids are also a class C drug, which means they are prohibited, and only allowed for personal use. These things are discussed and sold willy nilly, and it’s a little disconcerting if I’m honest.
Sky News, (2015). One Million Britons May Use Steroids Regularly. Retrieved 22nd June, 2015, from http://news.sky.com/story/1403431/one-million-britons-may-use-steroids-regularly
The Sun, (2015). The only way is steroids. Retrieved 22nd June, 2015, from http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/features/6506483/Essex-is-the-UKs-steroid-abuse-capital.html