Corticosteroids affect the immune system’s ability to fend off viruses and other infections, and patients on these drugs are considered immunosuppressed. But what about anabolic steroids? In this video I take a look at how and why cortisol and corticosteroids have this effect, and examine the research and anecdotal data on how anabolic steroids may differ. In animal models we do see immunosuppression, but anecdotal evidence in men who use steroids does not seem to follow the same pattern. During the current public health crisis please be careful, stay safe and healthy, and get rest! If you’re going to come off steroids please do so with the help of an expert to avoid difficult withdrawal.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS:
01:16 – CORTISOL – NATURAL CORTICOSTEROID
– Regulates inflammation, blood pressure, glucose, metabolism, sleep/wake cycles, and more
01:47 – Cortisol’s affect on the immune system
02:54 – MEDICAL USE OF CORTICOSTEROIDS
– Prednisone, methylprednisolone, cortisone & uses
04:09 – Autoimmune diseases e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, IBD, Chron’s, ulcerative colitis, plus organ transplant patients (04:28)
04:47 – ***Patients on corticosteroids are considered immunosuppressed***
05:41 – ANABOLIC STEROIDS & IMMUNITY
06:54 – Animal studies: ADs at high doses are immunosuppressive, no conclusive human data
07:50 – Anecdotal evidence suggests men on steroids do not suffer from immunosuppression
08:16 – Be careful, consider affects of restrictive diet
10:17 – Please be careful, stay healthy, get rest, & use an expert to come off steroids
Stay Strong and Healthy,
As the Anabolic Doc, since 2003, I’ve provided men who are using or have used anabolic steroids a confidential, ethical and professional medical venue to discuss their use. I do NOT in any way support the use of any performance enhancing drugs – PEDs, anabolic steroid or other medicine for muscle building or body transformation. The “off-label” use of PEDs, as such agents is considered elicit and may lead to adverse health outcomes. Please consult an expert health professional regarding any medical agent and do NOT use any medicine without the explicit advice and supervision of an appropriate medical expert.
This video is for education and information only. This is not medical advice. Only take medications as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take illegal substances. Taking steroids can lead to serious health consequences.
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