EPO, HGH & Steroids

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  1. rooman

    rooman New Member

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    rather than engage our troll in the thread on a sad recent death of a young competitive rider, I have started this here:

    NOW, to get some things off my chest and to clarify as far as I know ( which isnt all that much, but too bad...) my understanding of side effects, and long term effects of performance enhancing drugs decried as the " drugs in sport" by all and sundry and what they can/have done over the years is:-

    Steroid abuse: can lead to liver tumors and cancer, jaundice, high blood pressure, increases in "bad" LDL cholesterol, and other problems.
    In men, steroids can cause shrinking of the testicles and breast development. In women, they can cause masculinization of the body. In adolescents, steroids can halt growth prematurely.
    There is the potential effects on behavior. "In males, the testosterone tends to make them more aggressive and violent, and it increases libido." Hence, the term "roid rage." Athletes with a personal or family history of psychiatric problems, steroid abuse makes them especially vulnerable to behavioral or emotional problems. Such a psychiatric history would include alcohol or drug addiction, violent or criminal behavior, and bipolar disorder, among others, It can put them over the edge." (now have we seen examples of this over the years, some recent some back a bit...with the odd celeb in gaol and up on disciplinary charges etc...) was it just adrenalin?

    EPO: Abuse of erythropoietin (a drug that doctors use to treat anemia, also known as Epogen and Procrit) to boost production of red blood cells. Athletes hope that the increased numbers of red blood cells will deliver more oxygen to muscles and improve endurance. Erythropoietin abuse can alter the body's regulation of red blood cell production. Once the drug is stopped, the number of red blood cells may drop suddenly.

    HGH: Human growth hormone can be abused, too. The brain produces growth hormone to help the body control growth. But growth hormone also comes in drug form to help children grow if their own bodies don't make enough of the hormone. Sometimes athletes abuse growth hormone in an attempt to build muscle and strength while reducing body fat. But long-term abuse carries risks, such as increases in blood fat levels, diabetes, and heart enlargement that may end in heart failure. Brings to mind "that" lady runner who died of massive heart failure after she retired, and another guy out here recently from the USA who was a champion athlete and physically huge, who had three heart transplants , orginally due to failure caught in time and subsequently (when they got his newly enlarged new heart diagnosed), for some reason it kept happening as he kept taking HGH, (and still does)-reckons there are lots of hearts out there he can access as he still has heaps of dosh- sheesh!)

    Tip of the iceberg, across all elite sports, but the general population takes nicotine and caffeine too, both would be prohibited substances and banned from our foodstuffs and social drug supply if they were trying to introduce them now...ahh the dreaded pressures of commerce, industry and government revenues...

    what is wrong with good food, excercise, the body's natural secretions and hard work and determination? ...I watched Greg Lemond's doco on Fearless on A1 the other night, he found out the hard way that apart from getting lead buckshot poisoning, that but even more so the "secret " goings on at the sharp end of the peloton, after a few years at the top of the Tour de France he couldnt win the natural way and quit, (I'm not suggesting he was doping, but he was sure many of his competitors were, which was later revealed in the doping scandals of the mid 90's.

    I would love to see the UCI and WADA be overtly ethical and moral , beyonf lipservice and follow due process and pro-actively stamp out drugs altogether.

    I dont think they will, as they are too tied up in politics and dollars and personality wars...and this week the UCI & WADA and the pro-tour organisers are enaged in "culture conflicts", with the pro tour guys saying they will never get an acceptable model of best practice because of the difference across cultures on how they do things relating to performance enhancement practices...bloody hell

    and we just want to ride bikes and watch good riders compete in the spirit of fairplay and the glory etc etc....

    where's the wine?

    who's next?

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    oh, some sources on the Med stuff:
    • Craig Comiter, associate professor of surgery (urology), University of Arizona.
    • Robert DiMeff, primary care director, sports health, The Cleveland Clinic.
    • Partnership for a Drug-Free America: "Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS) 2005.
    • " National Institute on Drug Abuse: "Some Commonly Prescribed Medications: Use and Consequences.
    • " National Institute on Drug Abuse: "InfoFacts: Steroids (Anabolic-Androgenic).
    • " National Institute on Drug Abuse: "Trends in Prescription Drug Abuse."
    • "Viagra Abuse Linked to Risky Sexual Behavior." U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services: "National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2004."
    • Merck Manual of Medical Information, 2003; pp 648.
     
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