FAQs about Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (Part One)

FAQs about Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (Part One)
FAQs about Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (Part Two)
FAQs about Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (Part Three)
FAQs about Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (Part Four)

If you are relatively new to the world of AAS and hardcore bodybuilding, chances are you are constantly coming up with questions about these drugs and looking them up on google, only to be disappointed by contradictory answers.

Well, in this FAQ series, we will be answering all of those questions and more in a rational, unbiased way. Let’s get right into it!

Will AAS shorten my life?

The answer to this question is: MAYBE.

Doing a sensible cycle will not affect your lifespan. Doing a 3 sensible cycle over the next decade is probably not going to affect it either. But if you do cycles regularly for years to come, chances are you will miss out on some years of life.

It is impossible to predict exactly how many years of life you are missing out on depending on what you take and how often you take it. No one (natural or enhanced) knows what their life expectancy is, so do not waste time worrying about pointless calculations.

Understand and accept the fact that your lifespan will probably be cut short by a few years or maybe up to a decade (depending on how hard you go) if you plan to do multiple cycles and you want to live and breathe the enhanced lifestyle.

Can I do one cycle and be done?

You can, but you probably will not. Most people who say they just want to do one cycle end up doing multiple cycles because they love the results.

If you are committed to only doing one cycle and your willpower is strong, you will be able to do one cycle, recover from it and stay off-cycle for the rest of your life, but you will never be natural again.

Will I be natural again after a cycle?

Not really. Here’s why:

In 2013, researchers at Oslo University (Norway) treated mice with Testosterone Propionate for two weeks, which led to an increase in muscle mass and an increase in the number of nuclei (cells) in the muscle fibres.

Test P was then withdrawn for three months (10-12 years of life for a human). After the withdrawal, the treated mice’s muscle mass regrew by 30% in six days following load exercise (despite being off Test.), while the untreated mice had no muscle growth.

They found that the increased number of nuclei (muscle cells) in enhanced mice remained the same even after discontinuation of Test P and after months of no exercise. In other words, rats that had been treated with Test P had a long-lasting improvement in the composition of their muscle fibers which allowed them to grow muscle mass more easily in the future despite being off Test P.

If we extrapolate this to humans, we can conclude that even a single cycle can cause a long-lasting (and possibly permanent) increase in our number of muscle cells, which would make it easier for us to regain lost or gain new muscle mass in the future, even if we remain “natty”.

In other words, a cycle will enhance you for AT LEAST a decade, and possibly forever.

Can AAS kill me?

Can AAS kill someone if misused for years on end, especially if the user has a genetic predisposition to certain diseases? Definitely.

However, short-term death from AAS use is nearly impossible. You could overdose on most AAS and not die. In the worst-case scenario, you would end up in the emergency room with a case of very high blood pressure. But even that is extremely unlikely after overdosing on steroids once.

Can a single cycle transform me?

Sure. A single well-planned and well-executed cycle can radically transform your physique in a few months. However, it will not turn the average bodybuilder into a professional bodybuilder.

The body that most bodybuilders dream of would take many cycles to even get close to.

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This article is an extract from THE ANABOLIC HANDBOOK, a 430-page all-in-one guide to using AAS in which you will not only learn how every AAS on the market works and what kind of results to expect from it, but also how to mitigate their side-effects, recover effectively after a cycle, keep track of your health with bloodwork, and much more.

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William Davis

William has been studying and experimenting with bodybuilding pharmacology for over 6 years. After being an independent researcher for all these years, he has decided to share his knowledge with the bodybuilding community through his science-based articles. His approach to enhanced bodybuilding can be summed up in the saying “less is more”, as he believes that prioritizing harm mitigation and looking for ways to maximize the positives is the key to longevity in bodybuilding.

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