Book on Steroids
This book covers everything you need to know about androgenic anabolic steroids (AAS). With the increasing use of anabolic steroids by both professional and amateur athletes, this much needed book fills the gap in knowledge applicable to this group. An extensive discussion is given on how well anabolic steroids work, what the differences are between androgens and estrogens, and between injectable and oral anabolic steroids, as well as "cycling" and post-cycle therapy. Subsequently, a chapter spanning nearly 100 pages reviews the most common (supposed) side-effects and their potential treatment. This chapter covers:
- Acne vulgaris
- Erectile dysfunction
- Prostate growth
- Structural and functional cardiac changes
- Worsening of serum lipids
- Elevated blood pressure (hypertension)
- Elevated hematocrit (polycythemia/erythrocytosis)
- Male-pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia)
- Low/undetectable sperm count (oligo-/azoospermia)
A special chapter dedicated to AAS usage in women covers the following:
- How does a cycle for women look like?
- Hormonal contraception
- Androgenic (manly) side effects
- Deepening of the voice (dysphonia)
- Excessive body hair (hirsutism)
- Enlargement of the clitorus (clitoromegaly)
Finally, a chapter about diuretics is added to the book, as these are also commonly used by AAS-using athletes and have the potential to be quite dangerous. In this chapter you will get to know about fluid distribution and changes in the body. Subsequently, the kidneys, which play a pivotal role in how diuretics work, are extensively covered. And finally, three types of diuretics are discussed, namely: thiazide(-like) diuretics, loop diuretics and potassium-sparing diuretics.
The information in this book is supported by over 500 inline references to the literature and is up to date as of 2020.