Anabolic steroids are synthetic derivatives of testosterone modified to enhance the anabolic rather than the androgenic actions of the hormone. The anabolic effects are considered to be those promoting protein synthesis, muscle growth and crythopoiesis. There are numerous side-effects to anabolic steroids, including hypertension and atherosclerosis, blood clotting, jaundice, hepatic carcinoma, tendon damage, psychiatric and behavioural effects and, in males, reduced fertility and gynaccomastia. Anabolic steroids were added to the International Olympic Committee's list of banned substances in 1975. The majority of 'evidence' concerning the efficacy of anabolic steroids as performance enhancing agents is anecdotal. In the main, experimental investigations have been poorly designed scientifically, clinically and statistically. The percentage of positive test results from IOC accredited laboratories has remained consistently low. However, athletes take their steroids during training and out-of-competition testing is not conducted in all countries, although international co-operation is now under consideration. Despite the lack of conclusive evidence, steroids users will continue to hold the view that their effects are efficacious and they are therefore unlikely to be persuaded to curtail their use.
Our goals vary depending on our pursuit, depending on our need but generally speaking the same rules apply to all if we are to maximize activity and reach the productive end we truly desire. For the individual who supplements with anabolic androgenic steroids for therapeutic measures, most commonly being that of low testosterone treatment, as testosterone is needed androgen replacement is really all they will be concerned with; after all, if you’re testosterone deficient the only thing that will cure it is androgen replacement. It is the performance enhancer that will truly find understanding here to be a little more worthwhile as quality stacks and cycles will generally include steroids of both anabolic and androgenic nature and activity.
As the use of anabolic androgenic steroids will suppress natural testosterone production, with total suppression varying from steroid to steroid, in most cases the primary androgen testosterone is needed in exogenous fashion in order to maintain adequate levels in the body while the cycle is in play. For many this will be the only androgen they will need and anything else they add may be of a strict anabolic capacity; this does not mean you must add anything, some will be fine even more than fine with only testosterone; after all, it is not only highly anabolic and androgenic in nature but equal in both in-terms of makeup and action and extremely well-tolerated by most healthy adult men. For others , especially those who are really looking to grow and this is found in many bodybuilding and hardcore gym circles, multiple androgenic items may be coupled together in the same cycle with an additional possible strong anabolic in nature steroid. Prime examples of such stacks might be Testosterone/Trenbolone/ Anadrol ; with this stack you have two steroids of powerful anabolic and androgenic power and a third steroid in Anadrol, while possessing decent androgenic activity highly anabolic in nature.