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You may be taking steroids and not know it

Alex Rodriguez
Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez (A-Rod) has admitted that he took performance-enhancing drugs supplied by his cousin. For many years, Rodriguez denied using performance-enhancing drugs, but Sports Illustrated reported that he was on a list of 104 players who tested positive during baseball's 2003 survey. The New York Yankees star said that he was young and naive when he tested positive in 2003 for Primobolan and testosterone. At least A-Rod has come clean. There are many other professional sportsmen who continue to deny that they used drugs even when there is physical evidence that they did.

In today's world, it is possible to be taking steroids and not realize it. Many steroidal drugs are sold over the counter without the need of a prescription. Some drugs such as DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) are sold as "dietary supplements" that may slow aging, although there is no scientific evidence that they do. DHEA is produced naturally by the adrenal glands and its production decreases with age. DHEA is metabolized to steroids like androstenediol and androstendione, which can undergo further conversion to produce testosterone and the estrogens estrone and estradiol.

If you watch some late night TV shows, you are bombarded by commercials for male enhancement supplements which include prescription medicines like Viagra or Cialis which are non-steroidal drugs. There are also many commercials for ExtenZe that can be obtained without a prescription by mail and is promoted as an herbal pill that may increase penis size by 1 to 3 inches in just a few short weeks. What the commercials do not tell you is that, in addition to some herbs, ExtenZe contains DHEA and Pregnenolone (3B-hydroxypregn-5-en-10-one) both of which are steroidal drugs.

If you consume any pharmaceutical products, nutrition supplements, bodybuilding supplements, or diet aids, you could be taking some steroids without knowing it.
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