Dianabol, presently known as methandrostenolone is an orally administered steroid. Its basic purpose is to increase the testosterone level in the body by increasing the protein level. It is a C-17 alpha alkylated steroid. Low amounts of this steroid, under the proper administration of a medical practitioner and with proper training does not have any noticeable negative impact on the body. This steroid however, has a very powerful androgenic and anabolic effect. This effect varies from one individual to another. Among its positive effects are the nitrogen balance and the great build up of muscle mass. Among its negative effects are liver, heart, and psychological problems.
Being hepatotoxic, Dianabol poses a potential threat to the liver. Even very small doses taken on a regular basis can cause the liver values of the user to increase. Steroids falling under the C-17 alpha alkylated category, cannot be deactivated very easily by the liver. The body's metabolism increases, but the liver's metabolism to deactivate the steroid continues to remain the same. Hence, the proportionality is lost. Prolonged exposure to large quantities of these steroids can cause liver damage and even some forms of liver cancer.
A sudden increase in body weight and metabolism results into a series of cardiovascular problems. The heartbeat rate and pressure increases causing a threat to the heart. Dianabol also increases the cholesterol levels in the body.
Problems Related to Male Reproductive System
The basic purpose for taking in Dianabol as already mentioned, is to increase the testosterone levels in the body. Testosterone at a later stage, converts to estrogen. Estrogen is a female hormone that is undoubtedly present in a small amount in males too. However, its increase in males causes a variety of problems like fatigue, loss of muscle tone, and increased body fat. One of the most severe problems that this increased level of estrogen, can cause is gynecomastia. Loss of libido, sexual functioning, and an enlarged prostate are some other side effects of Dianabol affecting the male reproductive system.
Dianabol suddenly brings in an extreme enthusiasm to its user making him very high-spirited. The impact has its positive effects, like sportsmen giving in more hours of practice. However, this shifting of mood from the normal behavior causes a variety of psychological problems. Sportsmen have often been reported of fighting outside the sports arena and causing a public nuisance under the influence of this steroid.
Other Side Effects
Besides estrogen the other byproduct of testosterone conversion is dihydrotestosterone. The increase in dihydrotestosterone affects hair growth on the body, face, and scalp. Dianabol also stimulates the sebaceous gland, causing acne and pimples on the chest, face, neck, back, and shoulders of the user.
It is thus always advisable that Dianabol is not the right choice for an individual whose body reacts very easily to steroids. A variety of preventive steps should also be taken by the user. The amount of water intake for a dianabol user should be approximately 2 to 3 gallons per day. This helps in making the liver metabolism proportional to the increased body metabolism. Antihypertensive drugs such as catapressin should always be kept in hand to relieve a person immediately from any psychological fits that may occur. Regular check-ups from a medical practitioner is very important, to check that the byproducts of testosterone conversion do not increase. Sportsmen who want to use dianabol should in fact first try some milder anabolics and observe their body response to the same before shifting over.
Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only and does not in any way attempt to replace the advice offered by an expert on the subject.