The Health Risks of Using Anabolic Steroids and Doping

risks of using anabolic steroids

Most serious athletes will tell you that the competitive drive to win can be all-consuming. Besides the satisfaction of personal accomplishment, athletes often pursue dreams of winning a medal for their country or securing a spot on a professional team. In such an environment, the use of performance-enhancing drugs has become increasingly common.

More than ever in history, the phenomenon of abusing steroids and doping, not only in the professional athletic world but also in amateur and recreational circles has become widespread. The young generation is looking up to unrealistic expectations and instant gratification motivated by the “heroes” they call athletes.

If we simply go back in time 50 years, athletes were our national heroes and a great example to the young generations in terms of moral integrity, hard word, perseverance, discipline, respect and good sportsmanship.  In recent history, we have had many negative examples of athletes reckless behavior and their shortcuts using performance enhancing drugs.

If these drugs were not health- damaging, but could still improve their physical capacity, I would be all for it, and they would not be illegal.  However, both science and my personal experience as a director of the largest fitness club in America has shown that these drugs have serious side-effects on both physical and mental health.

Now we need to determine whose fault it is- should we blame overpaid athletes or should we blame ourselves, their creators?  How innocent are we?!  Don’t we want our team to win no matter what?  Do we condemn them when they lose?  Do we push them beyond human capacity?  Are we trying to turn them into Greek Gods?  Maybe part of the problem is our perception and glorification of our athletes.

My personal opinion is that athletes and society, together, are responsible for the drastic increase in the use of steroids across the world. And, until we find enhancements that are 100% safe to the human body, we need to focus on our human capacities- which I believe can be tremendous and extraordinary in their natural forms.  Yes, we will need to work harder, but we will also level the playing field and serve as better role models to our children.

When I came to America in 2000, I was 190 lbs and all the personal trainers were over 230 lbs of lean muscle mass.  I noticed that I was exercising more than they did, yet my physical appearance was smaller.  I also noticed that I was less prone to injuries, physically stronger, and more mentally alert and balanced.  I saw one of my employees, a 270 lbs, 5% body fat grown man crying like a child for no apparent reason other than abusing steroids on a daily basis.  Over the years, several people I met died suddenly due to steroid abuse.

With this being said, I am providing some empirical data about the health risks associated with Steroids and doping in an effort to urge anyone using them to stop and think about their long-term health.  I know that champions will succeed no matter what!

 Health Risks Associated with Steroid and Doping

  • Infertility
  • Heart and circulatory problems
  • Aggressive behaviors, rage or violence
  • Psychiatric disorders, such as depression
  • Severe acne
  • Increased risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture
  • Baldness
  • Liver abnormalities and tumors
  • Increased low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol)
  • Decreased high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol)
  • Increased body hair in women
  • Testicular Shrinkage
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Prostate gland enlargement
  • Drug dependence
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Fluid retention
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Impaired glucose regulation
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Infections or diseases such as HIV or hepatitis if you’re injecting the drugs
  • Inhibited growth and development, and risk of future health problems in teenagers


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Samir Becic is a world-renowned health and fitness expert. He is the “Fitness Czar” of Houston as proclaimed by Mayor Sylvester Turner. He is the author of the HarperCollins book ReSYNC Your Life, founder of Health Fitness Revolution Magazine, and creator of the ReSyncFitness Method. Samir’s work has been featured in many top media outlets, and he is famous for his strong motivational skills and energetic presence. From 2000-2008, Samir worked for Bally Total Fitness as the fitness director of the largest fitness facility in the entire United States. During that time, Samir quickly established himself as a world leader in health and fitness, receiving the prestigious title of “#1 Fitness Trainer in the World/US” four times. In 2009, Samir started ReSync Enterprises, a company which provides health and fitness education seminars to corporations, the media, and community organizations using his celebrated ReSync Method. Samir used his extensive knowledge of health and fitness to found Health Fitness Revolution in 2011. Health Fitness Revolution is a non-profit movement headed by the Samir Becic Foundation 501(c)(3) that aims to spread the message of health and fitness throughout the world in order to prevent disease and improve quality of life. Health Fitness Revolution Magazine launched in 2013 and has achieved remarkable international success. Major media outlets- the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Focus Magazine, Huffington Post, to name just a few- use Health Fitness Revolution as a trusted source of information on everything related to healthy living. Health Fitness Revolution Magazine has also been credited as the first source to emphasize fitness and health in politics, religion, and education. In 2013, the magazine published the first-ever list to feature the fittest world leaders and heads of state. The list has since become an annual tradition, with each rendition attracting international media attention. At this time Samir also developed a health and fitness program for Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church, the largest church in the United States. In 2014, Samir worked with several homeless organization in Houston, providing them with health and fitness programs and creating a campaign titled “Walking out of Homelessness“. In 2017, in order to create awareness about morbid obesity, he lived for 6 weeks in the body of a morbidly obese person by wearing a 200 lbs weighted vest. At the end of the 6 weeks, he wore the vest for a 3-mile walk around Memorial Park. On October 31st, 2017 Samir released his book ReSYNC Your Life by one of the largest publishers worldwide, HarperCollins Publishers. It reached #1 Amazon Kindle bestsellers list in the Health & Fitness, Healthy Living, and Wellness categories. 2018- present: Samir continued his mission to raise obesity awareness by running 7 marathons in 8 weeks wearing extra compressed weights equivalent to a 73.5 lbs weighted vest. This extreme fitness challenge was the first of its kind in the world. On November 1st, 2018, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner proclaimed Samir the “Fitness Czar” of Houston, the 4th largest city in America. He is currently working on several large-scale health and fitness initiatives. -He regularly participates in fitness events throughout the city. -Motivates and educates the 20,000 city employees to live healthier. -Visited the Houston Police academy to discuss cadet training. Health Fitness Revolution Magazine -Reached 14 million readers. -Was published in over 50 countries. -Over 350,000 Houstonians visited the online resource in 2019. After the success of his first book “ReSYNC Your Life”, he has been working on its anticipated follow-up. Samir averages 100 seminars and health and fitness events annually. He is currently the most followed fitness expert in the world by the media on LinkedIn with over 3000 journalist connections. In 2020, Samir was recognized in Houstonia Magazine’s “Houston: The American Dream” as one of 40 immigrants from around the world who made their way to Houston, thrived, and became the city’s very heart and soul. Also in 2020, Samir was chosen among the top 6 “American Dream” immigrants and asked to partake in a collaborative charity panel hosted by Interfaith Ministries and Houstonia Magazine. The virtual panel of honored guests also included Harris County Judge Lina Hildalgo, among others, who were asked to participate due to their substantial contributions to the community. Samir’s awards: -Official Fitness Guru for the city of Houston proclaimed by Mayor Sylvester Turner -Named the “Best Fitness Trainer in the World” by two-time NBA Championship coach and Olympic gold medalist Rudy Tomjanovich -“#1 Fitness Trainer in the World,”- 4 times by Bally Total Fitness -#1 Fitness Trainer in Texas,”- 22 times by Bally Total Fitness -#1 Fitness Trainer in Houston”- 29 times by Bally Total Fitness -“Best of the Best Fitness Trainer”- 2 times by Bally Total Fitness -“Best Fitness Director”- 2 times by Bally Total Fitness -“Men’s Journal Top Fitness Trainer in America” -“Houston Health Warrior” by Health & Fitness Sports Magazine -“The Motivator” by the Houston Chronicle -Named as a Top 40 “American Dream” immigrant in Houstonia Magazine -Chosen among the Top 6 “American Dream” immigrants for a collaborative panel between Interfaith Ministries and Houstonia Magazine


  1. […] “Many celebrities today feel the pressure to look perfect both in their roles and on the red carpet- which pushes many of them to use un-natural means of appearing fit and “healthy”. All health experts will tell you that simply looking the part does not make one truly healthy, and that looks can be deceiving! Taking steroids, or diet pills, is detrimental to health longterm and can lead to some serious medical problems,” as Samir wrote in his article on Steroids and Doping. […]

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