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  • Anabolic androgenic steroids accelerate brain aging - Science Daily, 3/25/21 - "Steroid hormones readily enter the brain, and receptors for sex hormones are found throughout the brain. Because AAS are administered at much higher doses than those naturally found in the body, they could have a harmful impact on the brain, particularly over a long period of use. Previous studies have shown that AAS users performed worse on cognitive tests than non-users ... Not surprisingly, AAS users had a bigger brain age gap compared to non-users. Those with dependence on AAS, or with a longer history of use, showed accelerated brain aging. The researchers accounted for use of other substances and for depression in the men, which did not explain the difference between the groups"
  • Steroid abuse by men leads to long-lasting impaired testicular function - Science Daily, 3/9/21 - "Our results suggest a long-lasting impaired gonadal capacity in previous anabolic steroid users"
  • Anabolic steroid abuse is associated with increased systolic hypertension risk - Science Daily, 4/4/16 - "They measured the men's 24-hour ABPM every 20 minutes during the day and every 60 minutes through the night. Compared with the former abusers and the controls, the ongoing abusers' average day and night BPs were significantly ‒ roughly 8 to 10 millimeters of mercury (mmHg) ‒ higher"
  • FDA Warns Consumers Against Body-Building Supplement - WebMD, 12/27/13 - "Consumers should not use Mass Destruction, a dietary supplement used to stimulate muscle growth ... The body-building product, available in retail stores, fitness gyms and online, contains potentially harmful synthetic steroids and anyone currently using it should stop immediately ... The FDA explained that liver damage is a known risk associated with use of anabolic steroids and steroid-like substances"
  • Anabolic steroids may affect future mental health - Science Daily, 5/20/13 - "The study included almost 700 former Swedish wrestlers, weightlifters, powerlifters and throwers who competed at the elite level sometime between 1960 and 1979 ... We found a clear link. AAS users were more likely to have been treated for depression, concentration problems and aggressive behaviour"
  • The scientific side of steroid use and abuse - Science Daily, 8/6/12 - "There is this disconnect among young people that somehow your emotions, your thought processes -- things that have to do with your brain -- are separate and different from what steroids may be doing to your body -- your muscles, your heart, or your liver, or anything like that ... Teenagers need to recognize that these drugs actually do things to your brain, and your behavior comes from your brain ... Studies have shown there are "critical periods" -- periods of time during adolescence when exposure to steroids can impose permanent changes in both brain organization and function, leading to physiological and psychiatric effects that may still be prevalent even in middle age. The age at which you take them also affects their persistence"
  • Bodybuilding myth debunked: Growth-promoting hormones don't stimulate strength - Science Daily, 6/14/12 - "anabolic hormones -- long thought to be essential for building a muscular frame -- do not influence muscle protein synthesis, the process that leads to bigger muscles ... In the first study, researchers examined the responses of both male and female participants to intense leg exercise. Despite a 45-fold difference in testosterone increase, men and women were able to make new muscle protein at exactly the same rate ... In the second study ... The men experienced gains in muscle mass that ranged from virtually nothing to more than 12 pounds, yet their levels of testosterone and growth hormone after exercise showed no relationship to muscle growth or strength gain ... Surprisingly, the researchers noted that cortisol -- considered to have the opposite effect of anabolic hormones because it reduces protein synthesis and breaks down tissue -- was related to the gain in muscle mass" - Note:  That may be true about cortisol but looking at it another way, cortisol could be an indicator of how much you're working out.