Top 5 Facts Getting Jacked On Steroids

Script written by Jamie Leslie DISCLAIMER: WatchMojo.com does not condone illegal drug use. So how does one become bigger, stronger, faster exactly? Welcome to WatchMojo's Top 5 Facts. In this instalment, we're counting down the five most interesting things about using steroids we could find, without actually using them. Head over to WatchMojo.comsuggest to submit your idea for our next Facts episode!
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Top 5 Facts: Getting Jacked on Steroids


Written by Jamie Leslie

***DISCLAIMER: WatchMojo.com does not condone illegal drug use. Furthermore, this video is intended for entertainment purposes only and nothing contained in the video is medical advice, as WatchMojo.com is not your physician. Go talk to them about health stuff, obviously.***

So how does one become bigger, stronger, faster exactly? Welcome to WatchMojo's Top 5 Facts.
In this installment, we’re counting down the five most interesting things about using steroids we could find, without actually using them. There are a wide variety of steroids, produced both naturally in the body and synthetically for medical purposes, but today, we’re talking specifically about anabolic-androgenic steroids, the mostly illegal kind that help get you “swole”. Prepare to get pumped up! Or at least become better informed.

#5: Steroids Can Be Incredibly Hard To Accurately Test For

A-Rod. Sammy Sosa. Lance Armstrong. These athletes’ steroid scandals, along with many others, make it clear that steroid use is more widespread in professional sports than we’d like to admit. But just how do they get away with it? Disgraced cycling champion Lance Armstrong said for him it was a a matter of timing. Traces of the drug gradually disappear from the bloodstream, and this process is often helped along by giving the doping athlete a transfusion of clean blood. Mike Tyson, though he apparently didn’t use steroids, hid his cocaine use from drug tests using something he called “the whizzer.” Here I should say that we can’t actually show you what these devices look like, so you’ll have to use your imagination. So devices like the whizzer or Whizzinator can be filled with somebody else’s clean urine, whipped out and emptied right in front of an unsuspecting drug test administrator.

#4: Steroid Users Are More Likely to Commit Weapons Offenses

A study conducted by a group of Swedish researchers revealed that those who tested positive for steroids were twice as likely to have been convicted of a weapons offense than those who hadn’t used steroids. That’s not to say that steroids necessarily cause people to go out and start bashing stuff with cricket bats–or hockey sticks if it’s Sweden, I guess. The study found no difference in the rate of violent crimes, sexual offenses or crimes against property between the two groups. What the researchers theorize is that there's an incentive for those of larger musculature to be carrying weapons if they're involved in crimes-–because they are the muscle on the job

#3: After Steroid Use Stops, You’re Often Worse Off Than Before

You’ve probably already heard that after an athlete stops juicing, they will often lose some, though not all, of the sweet gains their steroids gave them. But they may end up losing a lot more than that. Research published in the last few years has found a clear connection between steroid use and higher rates of mental illness including depression, aggressive behavior, concentration problems and even memory loss. I guess you just can’t have brains and brawn.

#2: Steroids Can Affect Women Differently Than Men

Since anabolic androgenic steroids are essentially synthetic testosterone, there’s a whole cascade of side-effects that vary somewhat depending the user’s sex. While both sexes experience significant increases in muscle mass and strength, the extent varies largely on the type and amount of the particular steroid. Both sexes are also subject to increased aggression and heavy mood swings; more commonly referred to as “roid rage.” Men tend to suffer from shrunken testicles, head hair loss, and enlarged breast tissue, while women are known to undergo a deepening of the voice, clitoral enlargement and occasionally chest hair growth.

#1: The Common Steroid User Is Not Who You'd Think

According to a paper published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, the typical user is not a cheating Olympian or an over inflated power lifter. Rather, they’re well-educated males around the age of 30 and earning an above-average income in a white-collar occupation. They’re more interested in physical self-improvement than in winning trophies, and they carefully monitor their steroid intake, working it into a fitness regimen. You know: a little cardio, some pilates, a syringe full of synthetic testosterone in the butt, man boobs... The uzje.

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