Dianabol is generally believed to be one of the most powerful anabolic steroids ever to be created, and many bodybuilders and other athletes continue to favour its use even though its detection during pre-competition testing can result in an instant ban.
The uses of steroids is also illegal and can entail frightening side effects but, for some people, it would seem the desire to be the biggest, strongest, or fastest is so important the risks involved are simply shrugged aside.
What is Dianabol?
Dianabol (D-Bol) is a popular trade name used for the anabolic steroid methandrostenolone.
There are many more, but a few other trade names include:
- Methan 50
A Short History of Dianabol
Methandrostenolone was developed in the late 1950 by the American physicist John Bosley Ziegler, while he was working at the Ciba chemical company in Switzerland, and the name “Dianabol” originates from this source. Ciba has since been bought by a larger company and no longer produces the steroid, but the name Dianabol has become so linked with explosive muscle growth that many other manufacturers continue to distribute methandrostenolone as Dianabol.
During the early 1960s Ziegler administered Dianabol to some members of the American weightlifting team, but later regretted ever experimenting with steroids when he discovered some people were self-administering up to 20 times the recommended dose.
It was not long before the FDA imposed a ban on Dianabol and other anabolic steroids. The ban exists to this day and the FDA continues to work hard to prevent the use of illegal steroids.
A Powerful Steroid
It is not unheard of for Dianabol-using bodybuilders to gain up to 20lbs of lean muscle tissue in just a few weeks, so it is a very popular bulking steroid and the accompanying increase in strength can be significant.
Rapid results like that can be very enticing to anyone who wants to maximise their strength and muscle gains, but the risks involved are far too great to make steroids a viable option.
Potential Side Effects
Although some Dianabol users may escape with just a few minor side effects such as acne, greasy skin, or hair loss; some of the other side effects may not be so easy to live with.
- Shrunken testicles
- Loss of sex drive
- Aggressive tendencies
- Mood swings
- High Blood Pressure
- Elevated cholesterol levels
- Growth of man boobs
- Enlarged prostate gland
- Suppressed testosterone production
- Liver failure
Dianabol and Muscle Growth
Dianabol is credited with mood-enhancing abilities and is often believed to be a metabolism booster, but most of its value as a bodybuilding aid is due to its ability to influence protein synthesis and nitrogen retention.
Proteins synthesis is the process the human body uses to repair damaged muscle tissues. The connection between protein and muscle growth has been well documented. That’s why protein powders remain such an important bodybuilding supplement, but the amount of protein that will actually be put to effective use will depend on the body’s protein synthesis abilities; so compounds like Dianabol that can improve the process can provide considerable gains.
A good nitrogen balance is also important for muscle growth, but intense exercise often causes nitrogen levels to drop and this can interfere with protein synthesis. Dianabol’s ability to preserve nitrogen levels further enhances the muscle growth process and also allows for a longer, more intense workout, by providing vasodilation.
Dianabol & Pre-Competition Screening
Pre-competition screening continues to catch many steroid users and it seems likely the capabilities of the screening process will only improve. Some athletes have been banned for competing up to 30 days after their last dose of Dianabol.
Dianabol has many benefits to offer, of that there can be no doubt, but the FDA has made its use illegal for a reason—it can severely damage the health.
Bodybuilding and sporting activities should go hand-in-hand with health and fitness, so any bodybuilding aid that has a negative effect on the health is a very poor choice. It is also an unnecessary choice.
The days when steroids may have been seen as the best option are long gone. Many modern supplements can provide excellent results without any need to risk the health. In fact some supplement manufactures produce supplements that have been developed especially to replace steroids; and some of the better ones are very good.
Unfortunately many people forget that time has moved on, continue to believe steroids are the only answer, and pay the price accordingly.