The severity of these complications correlates with the dosage, duration of use, and the potency of the steroid prescribed. While the incidence of steroid-induced myopathy does not appear to be directly related to the dosage of steroid prescribed nor the duration of use, it appears to be more prevalent with the use of steroids containing a 9-alpha fluorine configuration, such as triamcinolone (Aristocort®). The relationship between hypertensive side effects and the duration of therapy is also not very clear; steroids should be prescribed with greater caution in the elderly, in those individuals with known hypertension, and when compounds with greater mineralocorticoid properties are prescribed. As hyperglycemia is a well-known complication of corticosteroid use, oral steroids should be prescribed with caution in the diabetic population.
There are many athletes who enjoy short burst protocol. It is true, such a method can produce very quick and solid gains but more often than not these gains are very hard to keep. Make no mistake, regardless of how you run your cycle in-terms of time you will lose some of the gains when you come off but the extent can vary. To keep the most gains possible muscle building steroids need to be used for an extended period of time in order for our set point to be altered. Our body does not want to change and we must create a new normal in order for this change to take a more permanent effect. Safety will always be a primary concern and we need to weigh that in as part of the equation, meaning, we absolutely need time off if we use steroids. To find the proper time of use for each steroid and how to best maximize while remaining safe you will need to educate yourself on the subject. You will find many people who will tell you to do this or that, who will tell you to use your muscle building steroids in a fashion accustomed to them and that’s fine, that’s them; but take no one’s word on anything. Educate yourself, understand these hormones and understand how best to meet your own personal needs.
I get 2, 4 and 5 and I’m completely natural. I have had people accuse me of taking steroids many times and it pissed me off. It gets me to the point where I want to take steroids just so that I can say “Now this is me on steroids fckers!”. Lol. But nah I get a lot of acne outbreaks naturally and I have had many stretch marks as well as abnormally fast muscle gains. I’m a very lean person and when I stop working out I’m capable of drastically going from jacked to skinny as heck. When I start back up again I blow up quick. Another thing I’ve noticed is my pumps are naturally a lot more intense then the average lifter. Like my shoulders blow up like bowling balls and veins and shreds show up all over them along with my arm’s and chest. I’ve had a tone of people accuse me of taking steroids because of these factors. I also had a relative hug me once and say I was jacked and as solid as steal. He said only steroids do that. (He took steroids in the past) But it is to my understanding that muscle is solid… or at least a lot more solid than fat. At the time I was taking creatine and l-arginine with citrilline malate (which is a precursor to arginine) and a lot of BCAA’s.