Smoking, alcohol and coke make anabolic steroids more dangerous for your heart
A surprisingly large group of pharmacological bodybuilders drinks alcohol, smokes tobacco and uses recreational drugs such as cocaine. This lifestyle increases the cardiovascular risks of anabolic steroids, Brazilian researchers at the Universidade Federal da Bahia reported in Substance Use & Misuse.
The Brazilians analyzed the blood of 145 bodybuilders, all of whom were using testosterone or other anabolic steroids. 118 bodybuilders drank alcohol, 27 bodybuilders smoked tobacco, 33 used cocaine and 4 used alcohol, tobacco and coke.
The amount of 'bad cholesterol' LDL was 'acceptable' for most steroids users. However, among the small group of users who smoked and drank alcohol and used coke, the LDL level was borderline high.
This Brazilian study is reminiscent of that of an Australian study from 2014, in which the researchers analyzed the results of 24 autopsies on relatively young steroids users. Practically all deceased users had also used recreational drugs.
Subst Use Misuse. 2014 Jul;49(9):1115-25.
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