Testosterone is the primary hormone in the male body helps in increasing muscle mass and body strength, boosting libido, virility and decreasing the risk of illness. It is also a drug, used for treating delayed puberty (a medical condition) amongst adolescent males. Sport supplements are becoming highly popular amongst the gym goers, not only those who are into fitness and interested in competing professionally, but also for non-competitors to look good!
“Many people consume these supplements enriched with hormones, for various health benefits, like building muscles and staying fit. However, there is a need for people to understand that these supplements are temporarily beneficial and can cause harmful effects to the body at large,” said Dr Altamash Shaikh, a Consultant Endocrinologist, Diabetologist and Metabolic Physician, at S.L Raheja Hospital.
According to Dr Shaikh, “Consumption of any kind of hormone pills for fitness has its own pros and cons; they only benefit the body for a temporary period, but in the long-run these are highly damaging. Having and maintaining a good physique has become a trend now-a-days and it comes more with the issues that are unfair rather than fair.”
He added, “Although, these supplements and other related steroid hormonal pills gives the sole benefit of muscled and chiseled body; it also involves medical challenges. It could trigger mood swings, Heart Disease, Dyslipidemia (abnormal amount of lipids in the blood), lower energy, it also takes away the sperm count and triggers infertility, apart from damaging libido and causing Gynecomastia (enlargement of the gland tissue of the male breast). It also causes problems with the brain, kidney, skin and the immune system of the body.”
Dr Shaikh signed off by saying,“For women who consume such supplements, it may lead to excessive hair growth, irregular period cycles, acne and disrupted metabolism. Amongst adolescents, taking these supplements apart from the long-term problems listed above, it also causes bone maturation and Epiphyses (early closure of ends of bones). Regular exercise is key for today’s youth and fitness freaks to make their mind and body healthy.”