Many bodybuilding athletes choose to use anabolic and androgenic steroids to enhance their strength, performance and look.
At present there are four ways to deliver steroidal compounds: orally, sublingually, transdermal delivery, and by injection. Each of these methods has benefits and drawbacks. Oral delivery and injection are the most common methods of delivery.
Orally administered steroids are popular with bodybuilders because they are an alternative to painful injections. However, their administration puts more stress on the liver than injectable steroids, and the liver de-activates much of the steroid hormones through the first-pass effect.
Steroid injections are the most effective by far as they bypass the liver and deliver more of the active compound to the desired site. However, injections are often painful and can result in muscular abscess or nerve irritation if injected incorrectly. Now, Indian researchers may have made injections obsolete.
Indian researchers have developed a method of drug delivery that utilizes a state-of-the-art "hydrogel." This hydrogel contains the active drug and is swallowed by the patient. It enters into the stomach and is immune to the gastric acids that are responsible for much of the metabolite breakdown that occurs with traditional drug delivery.
| What Does Hydrogel Mean?
A colloidal gel in which water is the dispersion medium.
Once the hydrogel has passed the gastric system it begins to deliver its contents. Reports have shown that hydrogel can deliver up to fifty-six percent of the drugs it carries.
While using hydrogel is not as efficient for drug delivery as injections, hydrogel is still a promising method of delivery that has promising applications for bodybuilders.
Source: United Press International.
You frequently see the television commercials. "Enhance that CERTAIN part of the male body"... "achieve a greater intimacy with your partner"... "become 25% larger and more confident." While many of these commercials avoid identifying the exact bodypart in question, any worldly adult can easily determine that the male phallus is the "certain" body part in question.
Bodybuilders are constantly looking to improve their physique and overall health. Understandably, then, these products have a certain appeal within this context.
While the Food and Drug Administration has stated that these "enhancement" supplements are not effective for increasing penis size, the public continues to purchase these products, and its no wonder. With celebrity endorsements from porn stars like Ron Jeremy, it can often become difficult to determine the truth.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest has recently challenged the so-called sex supplement industry, and has evidence that these products do not work.
As evidence mounts, the verdict becomes clear: Male "enhancement" pills fail to increase penis size, and they fail to measure up! As the Center for Science in the Public Interest stated, these products are "...more successful subtracting from the male wallet than... adding to the male organ."
Prostate cancer is in the news more today than ever before, and this is a good thing. Prostate cancer is a leading cause of death in men over sixty, and one in six men will develop prostate cancer in his lifetime.
Bodybuilders know the importance of prostate health. Hormone manufacture occurs in the testes, and hormone levels influence prostate function. Bodybuilders who use anabolic steroids often suffer from BPH - benign prostate hypertrophy. This condition is an enlargement of the prostate, and can make urination very difficult, or impossible.
While some prostate enlargement is treatable with antibiotics, other prostate problems are due not to BPH, but prostate cancer.
New statistics are demonstrating that prostate cancer deaths are down because of increased awareness and treatment. This is good news for men, and bodybuilders specifically.
The key to prostate cancer treatment is early detection. Male bodybuilders should have their prostate checked frequently.
Bodybuilding is a sport that, by default, lends itself to enlarged egos and visions of grandeur. By visiting any gym, one can easily find lifters lifting too much weight with poor form.
A new study by Dr. Stephen Glass of Grande Valley State University has found that the opposite problem exists: many beginning athletes lift too little weight to see any noticeable gains or benefit from exercise. As a result, many beginning bodybuilders quit because they become discouraged.
To see benefit, a bodybuilder must lift at least sixty percent of their one repetition maximum with perfect form.
In the face of an increasing obesity epidemic, a new weight loss drug is showing promise.
The drug rimonabant is the same drug that has shown promise helping smokers kick the habit. Users of the drug experienced an average loss of twenty pounds in a one year period.
The drug works primarily as an appetite suppressant and helps to control HDL - good cholesterol - levels.
Bodybuilders who are dieting for contests may find this drug to be useful for curbing the cravings that accompany a negative energy balance.
Source: WebMD medical news. A New 'Wonder' Drug for Weight Loss? Study Shows Losing Pounds and Inches Is Easier With Experimental Diet Drug
The Atkins diet, a low carbohydrate eating program, has enjoyed world-wide recognition. This is due, in part, to aggressive marketing by the Atkins corporation and because of celebrity endorsement. Rapid initial weight-loss is not uncommon for adherents of the Atkins diet.
The popularity of the Atkins diet has prompted scientific researchers to question the programs long-term efficacy, safety and effectiveness. Can the low-carbohydrate diet be recommended? No, according to researchers.
Danish researchers believe that low-carbohydrate diets could predispose one to cardiovascular risk factors, and as such additional research on these plans are required before they can be recommended as safe and effective for weight loss.
Source: Astrup A, Meinert Larsen T, Harper A. Atkins and other low-carbohydrate diets: hoax or an effective tool for weight loss? Lancet. 2004 Sep 4;364(9437):897-9.
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