I hate to start off on a negative note, but getting the body you’ve always craved isn’t going to happen overnight. Many people need to come to terms with this. Don’t get me wrong; everybody is capable of achieving it, and some people will get there sooner than others depending on their starting point. My point is that it’s going to take lots of hard work, commitment, and resilience.
If you tackle the journey head-on without these attributes, you are, quite frankly, setting yourself up to fail. It’s at this point that you might become desperate. And you know what they say: “Desperate times require desperate measures.”
That’s all well and good, but what if your “desperate measures” compromise your health? Winstrol (or Stanozolol for the science buffs amongst you) is capable of just that. It’s a derivative of dihydrotestosterone and was first patented in the US in 1962. It comes as both an oral and an injectable steroid and is a favorite of track and field and strength athletes. Winstrol side effects aren’t always visible and don’t always happen immediately. Let’s take a look at five of the most severe:
1. Liver damage
C17AA may seem like some sort of mystic code, but I’ve left it like that for a reason. It’s a term you might recognize from learning about some of the other steroids we’ve discussed. It stands for C-17 alpha alkylated. This is a process the steroid is put through to make it resistant to breakdown in the liver, meaning it can pass through your system twice. It doesn’t take a lot of common sense to see that this isn’t ideal because of the excess stress it places on the liver. Taking the steroid via injections doesn’t eliminate the problem either. Even through the injectable version doesn’t enter your system via the liver it’s still broken down by it. It may not cause as much trauma, but damage is damage. It’s your liver we’re talking about – you can’t just go out and buy a replacement.
2. Virilization – the development of male characteristics
Winstrol isn’t great for female users, especially in its injectable form. The dosage is simply too high. Even though it can be classed as only moderately androgenic, virilization – or, in plain English, the development of male characteristics – is a real possibility. This can lead to your uterus shrinking, your clitoris enlarging, your breasts becoming smaller, and you might as well wave goodbye to your period, too.
3. Unbalanced cholesterol levels
A quick biology lesson. Cholesterol is carried in the blood by lipoproteins. We have two kinds of lipoproteins. These are high-density (HDL) and low-density (LDL). HDL are the good guys and are more protective in nature, whereas LDL are seen as the bad guys because too much is unhealthy.
Surprise, surprise – Winstrol reduces the amount of the good stuff (HDL) and increases the amount of the bad stuff (LDL). This can be very bad for your heart. It’s more common when taking Winstrol orally, but injecting it also increases LDL. This is perhaps one of the most dangerous side effects.
4. Low levels of sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG)
“Ohhhhh, a new thing!” I hear you say. Absolutely! SHBG is a glycoprotein that carries sex hormones such as estrogen, dihydrotestosterone (DHT), and testosterone. Unfortunately, Winstrol can lower levels of SHBG, and this results in less testosterone getting carried around the body. This particularly effects men, but remember that women need testosterone as well – just in smaller quantities. If it can’t get to where it needs to be to complete the job, it can’t and won’t work.
5. The chance of “dodgy gear”
The popularity of Winstrol makes it a moneymaking dream for dealers. This in turn results in more counterfeit versions on the streets. A quick YouTube search will show you videos from underground labs. You know, the ones that “cook” your drugs in a microwave, using non-sterile equipment over and over again to save money. The health consequences of poorly made steroids can be really dangerous. What if they get the dosage wrong and you end up injecting 100 times the recommended dose? Your liver won’t thank you for it.
Steroids such as Winstrol are a threat to your health. But you still want to bulk up and get ripped. Cleaner, safer, legal, and more cost-effective alternatives such as Winsol are the answer you’re looking for.
Having a dream is fine. Having a vision for the future is fine. In fact, it’s more than fine – it’s healthy. What I struggle to get my head around is the massive risk to your health for the sake of an extra 10 lbs of muscle. Stay smart and keep on track to achieve your dreams by using natural alternatives.