In this new sticky, I'm going to compile an archive of the various performance enhancing, bodybuilding or relevant health-related studies we've discussed before on the forum, along with a link to the thread so that people can read any subsequent discussion of the paper(s) and/or add further questions to it.
We all know that broscience and the propagation of ignorant practices are especially notorious issues in the bodybuilding world. Unfortunately few guys (or gals) seem to care enough to really understand what they're doing to their bodies when they use AAS, and this is partly thanks to the erroneous conception of them as relatively benign and of a totally different order of harm to other recreational drugs.
This is false. AAS are potent and their use potentially harmful and dangerous in the wrong hands. While some of the more immediate side-effects of their use are well known (like oestrogen sides, mood issues, acne, libido changes and so on), most bodybuilders seem to have either no knowledge of - or interest in understanding - the long-term risks and potential consequences to their bodies.
We thus have a duty to address that failing with science where we can, and to convince others to abandon more harmful ways.
However, even beyond these basic harm reduction issues, we all need a hand to help sift through the deluge of marketing hype, shilling and jumping on the bandwagon (which I like to think of as the contagious placebo delusion) to determine which performance-enhancing drugs, supplements, routines and practices are actually worthy and which are a waste of time or money.
So if you've read any studies recently (or even decent magazine-style articles written by other authors) that you'd like to share, or that you thought were interesting in any way at all - even if you didn't fully understand them - please feel free to add the name of the paper (and a link to Pubmed or similar if possible) and a one-paragraph description (or the paper's abstract) to the thread below, and I can append them to the archive later.
Better yet, if what you're reading is really interesting (or confusing), why don't you make a new thread on the forum to discuss it, and I can then link to it back here.
Archive of PED-Related Studies
- CARDIAC DEATH on AAS: Four Case Studies
- ABSCESS HORROR: Site Injections Gone Wrong
- CARDIOVASCULAR RISKS: Case Study And Discussion
- GYNECOMASTIA: Review Of Causes
- BIG HEART: Death From AAS - Case Study And Review
- HYPERTENSION: Caused By AAS
- DEATH FROM AAS ABUSE: A Large Detailed Review Of Causes
- THROMBOSIS AND HEART ATTACK: Caused By AAS - Case Study
- THROMBOSIS AND STROKE: Caused By AAS - Case Study
- RECOVERY: Most Long-Term AAS Users Never Fully Recover
- PENIS ABSCESS: Caused by AAS Weakening of Immune System
- BRAIN ATROPHY: Potential Consequence of Long-Term AAS Abuse
- NEUROTOXICITY: From High-Dose AAS Use - Oxidative Stress & Apoptosis
- CARDIAC NECROSIS: Probably Caused by Clenbuterol
- PREMATURE DEMENTIA: Potentially Caused by Low Test Levels
- OXIDATIVE STRESS: High-Dose Test Attenuates Cardiac Antioxidant Defences
- RECOVERY: At Least Half of AAS Users Fail to Recover Adequately
- HEPATITIS: Probably Caused by Injectable AAS
- MASSIVE LIVER TUMOUR: Probably Caused And Enlarged By AAS
- VENTRICULAR HYPERTROPHY: Persistence Years After AAS Use
- HEART ATTACK: In 23 Year Old Bodybuilder - Caused by Trenbolone
- BRAIN ABNORMALITIES: Observed In Long-Term AAS Users
- NEUROREGENERATION: Low-Dose AAS May Repair Damaged Neurons
- SARMS: New Ones To Look Out For
- TENDONS: AAS May Accelerate Functional Recovery From Rupture
- ASPROSIN BLOCKERS: Next Miracle Cutting Agent?
- AGING: AAS May Rejuvenate Aging Cells
- PROVIRON: Novel Antidepressant And Stimulant
- TESTOSTERONE: High Levels Make Men More Honest
- SILDENAFIL: Viagra May Stimulate Testosterone Secretion
- BIMAGRUMAB: Potentially Viable Myostatin Blocker?
- TRENBOLONE: Rats Benefit From Short Moderate Dose Cycle
- KISSPEPTIN: Potential Treatment for Secondary Hypogonadism
- FLP-7 NEUROPEPTIDE: Potently Triggers Fatburning in Gut
- TAURINE: May Protect Testes From AAS Damage
- CREATINE, HMB, LEUCINE: May Synergistically Block Myostatin
- GABA: May Improve Sleep On Stimulants
- ECDYSTEROIDS: Get A Decent Boost From Quinoa
- COMMON ANTIOXIDANTS: May Boost Cancer Growth
- HMB: Cuts Fat And Builds Mass In Athletes
- COLLAGEN: May Improve Joint Osteoarthritis
- BCAAs: All Popular Brands Fail In Testing!
- ROYAL JELLY: May Protect Testes From AAS Damage
- PROTEIN SHOTS: Scam - Mostly Collagen
- ALPINIA GALANGA: May Boost Testosterone & Sperm Quality
- GABA: Potently Increases GH Both At Rest And Post-Workout
- ESSENTIAL OILS: Inhale Orange & Spearmint for Performance Boost
- CACAO: Improves Skin Condition & Elasticity
- TOMATIDINE & URSOLIC ACID: Potent Anabolic Fat-Burning Plant Derivatives
- PROTEIN TIMING: Potential Strategies Assessed
- HIIT: Superior To Moderate Intensity Cardio
- GLYCAEMIC INDEX: Uniquely Varies Between Different People
- STRETCHING: Of Antagonist May Increase Reps 20-30%
- TRAINING: Older Guys Gain Mass And Strength Surprisingly Fast
- VERY-HIGH PROTEIN: Minimal Effect on Body Composition in Weightlifters
- POSTURE: 'Alpha' Stance Could Boost Test, Lower Cortisol
- INTERMITTENT FASTING: Several Studies And Reviews
- EXERCISE: 2-3 Hours Daily Provides Optimal Health Benefits
- INTENSIVE EXERCISE: Superior to Moderate Exercise & Increases Lifespan
- BIG DEAD BODYBUILDERS by Chris Colucci in T-Nation
- HOW WE GROW: Anabolic Signalling Mechanisms by Adam Tzur in Strengtheory
- REALISTIC TRAINING GOALS: Calculator To Determine Your Potential Gains
- ERGO-LOG: Excellent Database of Ergogenics Research
- STRENGTHEORY: Science-Based Articles from Nutrition to Training
- ANTHONY ROBERTS: A Potted Assortment of Studies and Analysis
- BODY RECOMPOSITION: Lyle McDonald's Website - Various Articles and Analysis
- WEDINOS: Government Drug Testing - Some Steroid Results (*no longer accepting AAS from bodybuilders)
- EXAMINE.COM: Science-Based Supplement Review Encyclopaedia
- STEROIDCALC: Plot Your Cycle - Pharmacokinetics
- PUBMED: Your Starting Point For Most Science Info Gathering
- CHEMCLARITY: Pay to Get Your Own AAS Samples Tested Privately