Taking testosterone and AAS has its benefits. Improved strength and physical power are the reasons why bodybuilders use AAS, for instance. But is diving into taking AAS a good idea, or is it better to stick to Testosterone Optimization Therapy if you lack this essential hormone?
To answer this for yourself, you need to be aware of the dangers and downsides to taking AAS first. The dose of testosterone you choose will depend on your goals, as you likely won’t be needing supraphysiological doses if you don’t plan on getting significantly more muscular. But if you are, here’s what you need to know:
Side Effects of Taking AAS
Supraphysiological doses of testosterone can have some severe side effects, depending on your body’s chemistry and how prone you are genetical to some of them. The most common one is the appearance of acne, as testosterone speeds up your skin oil production among other things. AAS also speeds up the hair loss process, which depends on your genetics. However, you may encounter side effects that will affect your health negatively:
- Increased blood pressure — high dose of testosterone and the weight gain that goes with it increase your hematocrit and hemoglobin levels, which can cause high blood pressure, usually controlled by doing cardio;
- Insomnia — testosterone affects your central nervous system and can overwhelm it, making it work overtime, which negatively affects your sleep;
- Increased estrogen — depending on whether you have a lot of aromatase in your body which converts testosterone to estrogen, you might end up with elevated estrogen levels that can cause gynecomastia, water retention, bloating and moodiness.
Maintaining Your New Muscle
For many AAS users, the benefits of taking AAS outweigh the possible adverse side effects. However, in retaining the bulk of the muscle you gain while using AAS, you need to keep using it. There is virtually no way not to go back to your old size once you’re off AAS. In addition to this, there’s no guarantee that you’ll gain as much muscle as you want since you might be one of the “low responders” — men who have a lack of androgen receptor (AR) sites. Their levels of AR expression are average at best, and they can never accomplish the results that moderate or high responders can.
Where Will AAS Take You?
Whether you are blessed with a genetic affinity for AAS or not, it’s important to be aware of where it can take you. As we previously mentioned, if you want to maintain the muscle you gain through your first AAS cycle which is usually the most impactful on your overall mass, you have to keep on taking AAS.
It also means exposing yourself to its potential adverse health effects longer. Unfortunately, the abuse of AAS is real and is the leading cause of people dying from taking steroids. Those who don’t get the results that they hoped for, usually turn to larger doses, but that can only harm them. So unless you’re considering AAS because you want to become a professional bodybuilder, we advise you to avoid it. And even if becoming a professional bodybuilder is your goal, you still have to take proper measures to protect yourself and stay healthy.
You’ll learn more about optimizing your testosterone levels safely through the TOT Bible, which details the use, benefits and the latest research on TOT. You’ll also find more information about AAS, so make sure you check it out and discuss your options with your doctor.
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