I like Jodie Marsh.
I think the public perception of her is totally warped, she seems pretty intelligent and I’d like to see the overweight comfort-eating women that criticise her win a figure competition in the U.S.
But this programme on TLC (Sky Channel 125) wasn’t about Jodie Marsh at all, it was about some gym users’ darkest secret, steroids – something we’ve no doubt all been tempted to try at some point in our lifting careers. Jodie shed the light on the lives of current and ex-steroid users, weighing up the pros and cons.
In all honesty, while the programme did present a balanced view, the over-arching message was that steroids are bad (m’kay) and, in the end not worth the plethora of risks associated with their continued use.
In males, steroids aid muscle growth and fat loss, but also can potentially cause;
- Hair loss
- Liver and Kidney disease
But we all knew that, right? So what else did we learn?
Well, steroids can potentially be used safely, without undesirable side effects. We saw a guy from Northern Island using them in preparation for a competition, and he certainly wasn’t bald and spotty with bitch tits.
Of course there are hundreds of different types of steroids, all which alter the body’s chemical balance in a slightly different ways, add to that the complication that each person has different chemical make-up, and there are endless possibilities for what effect each type of steroid has on each body. It’s one big lottery.
On the flipside, drinking excessively and eating shit on a regular basis also enters you into liver disease lottery, so are steroid users really any worse than junk food lovers or binge drinkers? The jury’s out.
So should you take steroids?
I’ve never taken steroids, so I can’t comment with conviction about their effects 1st hand. I’m not going to condone or condemn the use of steroids, but the question you need to ask yourself is is;
‘Do the benefits outweigh the potential risks?’
If you plan to compete in a show where there’s money at stake, possibly, but even then, is £100,000 prize money worth the risk of your heart exploding?
The answer to that might be ‘that kind of thing only happens in cases of extreme abuse‘.
The main point Jodie hammered home (for me anyway) was that’s it’s very difficult to stop once you’ve started, the dose you take initially may be safe, and although steroids aren’t technically addictive, it’s a slippery slide from dabbling to abuse, particularly if you have an addictive personality.
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