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Dr. Kathy Maupin

Medical Director of BioBalance Health and Author of The Secret Female Hormone

Steroids and Testosterone

There is a difference between anabolic steroids and testosterone.

BioBalance Healthcast episode 68, Steroids and Testosterone

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Three million Americans have admitted to using anabolic steroids. Most of them were professional athletes or teenagers. The use of anabolic steroids is completely different from the replacement of pure testosterone in HRT. Below I list ways to tell the difference.

Definition: prescription drugs with the anabolic (growth stimulating) characteristics of testosterone.

Differences between Testosterone Replacement and Anabolic steroids

Reason for use

  • You can use almost any object of drug for good or for evil
  • Similar to the use of a knife: In one hand it can be used to cut up vegetables, fruit or meat for a meal, but when used for evil it can be used to murder another human being.

Age of user

  • Anabolic steroids are used by young healthy men to be MORE than they are normally, and replacement testosterone is used to replace pure testosterone to generally older men who have lost their natural testosterone.

Not doctor prescribed

  • ANABOLIC STEROIDS are usually acquired on the internet from foreign countries. They are not difficult to obtain, or expensive
  • 2% of all doctors may not be ethical, and obtain anabolic steroids for patients who will pay them, without regard to the future health of the patient
  • Dosages are exceeded.

Types of steroid used

  • Anadrol (Oxymetholone)—meant to treat anemias
  • Oxandrin (oxandrolone)—meant to promote weight gain in frail patients
  • Dianabol (methandrostenolone)—no indications
  • Winstrol (Stanozol)—treatment of hereditary anemias
  • Deca-Durbolin (Nandrolone decanote)—treatment of anemia with renal insufficiency
  • Equipose (Boldenone undecylenate) –Veterinary (horse) steroid
  • THG (Tetrahydrogestrinone)—banned

Side effects of the anabolic steroids that are permanent and severe, and not seen with pure testosterone is

  • Increased heart attack
  • High blood pressure
  • Liver cancer (oral anabolic steroids)
  • Tumors
  • Infertility
  • Breast development
  • Severe acne and cysts
  • Rage aggression
  • Mania
  • Delusions
  • Adrenal impairment
  1. Comments
  2. |
    Aug 18, 2013
    |

    Dear Dr Maupin,

    I would like your opinion regarding the administration of nandrolone in a dose of 100mg every 16 days (not a high dose by any means) for HRT purposes, patient (myself) 40yrs, Kallmann syndrome. I feel like nandrolone suits me better than testosterone as it doesn’t give me the unwanted effects (balding, body hair, facial hair, agression, oily skin, acne and *raging* sex drive that testosterone does… so far health status is fine (normal blood cell counts, better sleep, no more night sweats and morning and evening *heatflashes* I used to suffer from. Over a year in therapy so far.

    Your feedback is appreciated

    thanks

  3. |
    Oct 17, 2013
    |

    Hi,
    I’m interested to test my hormones level and see where my health is. I used steroids before but I stopped about 2 years ago. How can I get more info?

 
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