Steroid drugs increase muscle protein synthesis (this is called anabolism), which can significantly increase muscle mass and strength. Also, some types of steroids help reduce fat mass.
As the radio host and member of the Association of Fitness Professionals Eduard Kanevsky noted in a conversation with M24.ru, most steroids are analogous to the male sex hormone testosterone, and the use of drugs even in "therapeutic" dosages can lead to serious health problems, including so called "pharmacological castration".
According to the expert, many drugs have a detrimental effect on liver cells, which can cause toxic hepatitis. "There are other, less dangerous, but still unpleasant problems that require treatment: gynecomastia in men (female breasts), acne or acne, mood swings, sleep disturbances, high blood pressure."
Bodybuilders who often use certain drugs from the prohibited category regularly compete in competitions and may make their living this way.
"If you come to the gym to maintain health, all you need is regular exercise, proper nutrition and regular sleep," concluded the specialist.
Sports doctors are also against such drugs. Former doctor of "Spartak", now - hockey club "Atlant" Artem Katulin in a conversation with M24.ru spoke out sharply against steroid drugs.
According to him, the positive effect of taking steroids is overshadowed by the negative aspects, namely the side effects. At the same time, Katulin noted that sometimes anabolic steroids are used for muscle wasting (a significant decrease in muscle mass), but they do not become less harmful from this.