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12/03/04 - East Texas

Steroid Use Common These Days

by Chris Cato

They work hard, building muscles and getting in shape, but they will likely never look like Mr. Universe.

Bill Davis said, "I do not [know]. [I'm] not aware of any of those people in the magazine [that] are drug free. I don't believe you can look like that drug free."

Davis owns Ultrafit, a workout studio in Lufkin. He says pictures in muscle magazines can mislead young people, and make them think bulky superstars are the ideal. Some end up taking dangerous drugs to try and build muscles quickly without knowing all the risks.

Davis said, "Anabolic steroids will give you increased muscle size and increased muscle strength in the short term, but they also do liver damage, alter your blood chemistry, raise LDL - bad cholesterol."

These dangers are well documented, but often ignored. Area doctors see people of all ages taking chances with their health, hoping for a shortcut to changing their bodies, or increasing their athletic performance.

Dr. J. Dan Carter, M.D. said, "The use of anabolic steroids and performance enhancing substances is actually increasing over the last, say, 10 years in this country at pretty much all levels, including junior high, middle school age, and on up through high school and college."

Steroids are pretty easy to get these days, but they are illegal. Using them can not only damage your body, it could also land you in jail.

Health experts say the best way to change your body is good old fashioned diet and exercise, but there are safer alternatives than steroids to help. You can find plenty of legal energy boosters and supplements, but you should always check with a doctor first to make sure what you're thinking about is safe.

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