A new study links the use of sports supplements including creatine in young men to a 3x increased likelihood of using anabolic steroids in the future. This was a large study with 12,695 participants and was published in JAMA Pediatrics. Physicians who reviewed it rated it well, and suggested regulating these legal performance enhancing supplements. But use of supplements is just one variable, and causation may not be so clear. In this video I take a look at the data, as well as an alternative to regulating supplements like creatine – educating this population on the consequences of steroid use!

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00:00 – Intro
– They rate this as a good study
01:59 – Young men who use creatine & other legal supplements are more likely to use steroids later
02:22 – Supplement use linked to 3x increase in risk of later steroid use
02:45 – Not found in women, but other research shows steroid use by women is growing
03:13 – Study details – 12,695 adults in two groups
03:41 – Physicians suggested regulating legal performance enhancers like creatine
– Study author credentials
08:55 – Association does not make a variable a surrogate marker for future use
09:38 – Creatine is safe, evidence-based, & widely used
10:18 – Education on steroid consequences is more appropriate than regulating supplements

Stay Strong and Healthy,
Dr. O


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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