Anabolics consumption growing in South America and points to the black market

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Black Market Anabolic growing Buenos Aires

Anabolic growing consumption
Anabolics growing consumption in SA

BUENOS AIRES : These medications are used to improve physical performance, but many of them are forbidden by the health authority.  They believe that its use is expanding hand of a growing illegal market, which traffics in gyms and other outlets.  Ask authorized to be sold only in pharmacies.

Anabolics began to be used in athletes to improve muscle mass.  Steroids are illegal for these contests, and many countries are banned in Argentina, these products are usually restricted, and although this can be achieved in gymnasiums and other places.  This alerts specialists and health authorities, which often claim to represent an addiction.  It is that the use of anabolic steroids generates a compulsive dependence based on the desire of a perfect figure.

It is called anabolic steroids testosterone and drugs that act on the body like testosterone.  The term refers to steroid chemical structure and the term anabolic refers to its ability to promote muscle growth.  In 2011, the National Administration of Drugs, Food and Medical Technology (ANMAT) had warned that “while consumption of nandrolone and other anabolic like Stanozolol and testosterone is prohibited, some athletes use them to boost your performance, on especially in the case of activities such as bodybuilding and tennis, among others. To do this, take advantage of such substances are offered online, in some cases only with a label displaying the name of the drug and the drug store. ”  Despite the warning ANMAT, the illegal sale followed.

In 2012, through the provision 6501, the agency determined the ban on the sale, after the lack of registration records were proven drugs.  As known, these products would be in a network of illegal trade in gyms and diet.

“The desire to have a powerful and virile image makes consumers of anabolic steroids men deny reality, which includes knowledge of the toxic effects,” said the doctor and psychoanalyst Richard Rubinstein, a member of the Psychoanalytic Association Argentina and author of the book Sports couch.

A sophisticated form of consumption is by creams or patches that temporarily increase the natural levels of the hormone but a normal amount, so you can avoid some tests.  Currently this strategy is easier to foil and that the ratio of testosterone to a minor metabolite is tested, epitestosterone, which is present in no more than a ratio of 4 to 1 usually.  When this reaches 6 to 1, for example, usually it points using testosterone.  Then the athletes began using sophisticated combinations of testosterone and epitestosterone.  Recently it was discovered that synthetic testosterone has a different proportion than is produced by the body.

There is no doubt that the use of anabolic steroids can bring dire consequences on the health question.  However, on this subject extravagant exclamations of all kinds in the media were made.  But what is the evidence?  In women it is very clear.  Women usually produce a very small amount of testosterone, then the very high levels that produces anabolic steroids lead to the appearance of male characteristics: more muscle, deeper voice, thick and hard hair, baldness and enlargement of the clitoris.  The anatomical changes caused by steroids are irreversible.  Women also experience increased proteins that promote cardiovascular disease and decreased that protect the heart.

Similarly, in male adolescents, the use of anabolic steroids can cause premature end of puberty, hampering growth typical of this stage.  Some of the effects on teenage boys, like women, are also irreversible.  Normally the growth of testosterone during puberty simulates skeletal growth and eventually stop, “closing” the tip of the bones lengthen.  When this happens, there can be no future growth.  Steroids accelerate this process.

There are isolated cases of liver and liver cancer were attributed to the use of anabolic steroids particular diseases.  Rarely, certain anabolic steroids cause the appearance of blood-filled cysts in the liver that, if broken, may cause feminizing effects in males, for example, growth of breasts.  This is because a small amount of testosterone in the body becomes the female hormone estradiol.  This condition usually develops in weight lifters who used anabolic steroids.

A study recently published in the journal Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, showed that between 2010 and 2013 hepatotoxicity (drug-induced toxic liver disease) related to the use of anabolic increased from 1 to 8 percent.  Des study included Argentine scientists, peppers and Brazilian, who took cases Hispano-Lationamericano Registry.

“Years ago, there were only ten cases of liver failure anabolic abuse in the literature.  However, in recent months are more than 25, of which three are from Argentina, “said Fernando Bessone, Service of Gastroenterology Hospital Provincial del Centenario (Rosario), who participated in the study, called” Different phenotypes hepatotoxicity associated with the illicit use of anabolic androgenic steroids. ”

Meanwhile, Adrian Gadano, head of the Hepatology Section of the Italian Hospital of Buenos Aires, told the newspaper Perfil that “in recent years, increased cases of liver failure resulting from consumption of anabolic over 16 years.  In fact, our team did a transplant because of this. ”


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