Anabolic Androgenic Steroids – Increases Heart Attack and Causes Premature Death in Men

Mostly athletes and even actors take a form of anabolic androgenic steroids to increase their muscles strength.  The main anabolic steroid produced by human body is testosterone, a male sex hormone.  The persons who use this androgenic anabolic steroid, namely testosterone were the victims of the premature death and were admitted in hospitals for a variety of ill health they are facing, according to a new study,  published in Journal of Internal medicine, an European scientific journal that publishes original clinical works of the latest researches.

Over 7.4 years, about  7 deaths among the users of anabolic androgenic steroids were reported.   The median annual number of hospital contacts was 0.81 for the uses of this steroid and 0.36 in the controls.

According to the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, the study of anabolic steroids have shown numerous side effects that are detrimental to health. The other side effects include acne, gynecomastia ( swelling of breasts in male) and erectile dysfunction that affected about 11% in the androgenic anabolic steroid uses.   The use of this steroids induces coronary artery disease according to research at the Brazilian Congress of Cardiology.

Sudden cardiac death and heart attack have been reported in athletes and in Brazil around one million people have been using this anabolic steroid at least once and Brazil is the seventh most commonly used country in the world,” said lead author Francis Ribeiro de Souza, PhD student, Heart Institute, Brazil. 

Anabolic steroid include natural androgens like testosterone as well as synthetic androgen that are structurally related and have similar effects to testosterone.  They have anabolic property ( increase the protein within cells, resulting in increased molecular activity and inducing growth) especially in developing the skeletal muscles and also increase the masculine secondary sexual characters such as the growth of facial moustache and body hair for an increased manly look.