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Tuesday 22, Jun 2010

  Use of anabolic steroids effective for promoting weight and muscle gains

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Use of anabolic steroids effective for promoting weight and muscle gainsAccording to a recently concluded review, administering anabolic steroids to individuals afflicted with the dreaded HIV disease could result in modest weight and muscle mass gains.

The review appeared in an issue of The Cochrane Library, which is a publication of The Cochrane Collaboration.

The magnitude of weight and muscle mass gains could be termed as relevant in clinical terms, according to lead author Karen Johns, a Medical Assessment Officer from the Agency Health Canada.

Tuesday 16, Feb 2010

  Weight and muscle gains likely with steroid use

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Weight and muscle gains likely with steroid useAdministration of anabolic steroids to patients suffering from the life-endangering HIV may result in modest weight and muscle mass gains, according to a review.

This review appeared in an issue of The Cochrane Library, a publication of The Cochrane Collaboration.

Lead author Karen Johns, a Medical Assessment Officer from the Agency Health Canada, said that the magnitude of these gains can be termed as relevant in clinical terms.

Friday 11, Dec 2009

  HIV Patients on anabolic steroids gain easy weight and muscle mass

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HIV Patients on anabolic steroids gain easy weight and muscle massAccording to findings brought to the notice by a new review, people with HIV and treated with anabolic steroids for preventing AIDS wasting can experience modest gains in terms of muscle mass and body weight. The magnitude of weight gain can be termed as relevant in clinical terms as per lead author Karen Johns, a medical assessment officer from the agency Health Canada.

The review appeared in an issue of The Cochrane Library, a publication of The Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization that evaluates medical research.

It was remarked by the review authors that more studies are required for ascertaining if weight gains lead to enhanced physical functioning and life quality in addition to improvement of survival rate.

 

 

 



Sunday 04, Oct 2009

  Anabolic steroids helpful to HIV patients for putting weight and muscle mass

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Anabolic steroids helpful to HIV patients for putting weight and muscle massAccording to suggestions of a new review, patients suffering from HIV who are treated with anabolic steroids for prevention of AIDS wasting tend to experience modest gains in weight and muscle mass.

The concerned review covered thirteen studies of adults aged 24-42 with HIV, 294 of whom received anabolic steroids for a period of at least 6 weeks and 238 of whom were administered with placebo. It was noticed that the average weight increase in those administered with anabolic steroids was approximately three pounds.

Lead author Karen Johns, a medical assessment officer from the agency Health Canada, remarked that the side effects and risks of using anabolic steroids in the long-term is surely of a concern.

Sunday 13, Sep 2009

  HIV patients can experience weight gain with anabolic steroids

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HIV patients can experience weight gain with anabolic steroidsAccording to a recent review published in an issue of The Cochrane Library, a publication of The Cochrane Collaboration, HIV patients who are treated with anabolic steroids can experience modest gains in muscle weight and mass when treated for preventing AIDS Wasting.

It was remarked by lead author Karen Johns, a Medical Assessment Officer from the Agency Health Canada that the enormity of experienced weight and size gains may be relevant in the clinical sense.

It is important to note here that AIDS Wasting tend to result in considerable body weight loss in patients with HIV. Loss of muscles is also seen in these patients. The wasting is a result of human body’s lost ability to promote muscle growth and due to low levels of testosterone.

Monday 17, Aug 2009

  Anabolic Steroids help HIV people gain muscle mass and weight

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Anabolic Steroids help HIV people gain muscle mass and weightAccording to a new review, people who are suffering from HIV and treated with anabolic steroids for preventing AIDS Wasting may experience modest gains in muscle mass and weight.

Lead author Karen Johns, a Medical Assessment Officer from the Agency Health Canada, remarked that the magnitude of experienced weight gain can be considered to be clinically relevant. The review was published in an issue of The Cochrane Library, a publication of The Cochrane Collaboration.

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Anabolic steroids are synthetic substances similar to the male sex hormone testosterone that promote growth of skeletal muscle and the development of male sexual characteristics.

Although most recently in the news for their misuse by professional athletes, anabolic steroids have legitimate medical application for men with low testosterone and people with certain types of anemia. Two anabolic steroids available in the United States, nandrolone decanoate and oxandrolone, have been used to help increase weight and muscle mass in small studies of people with wasting.

Conversely, anabolic steroid use has been associated with increased rates of HIV in those who share needles or use nonsterile needles when they inject steroids.

In the review studies, anabolic steroids were administered to patients either orally or by injection. The main side effects were mild and included abnormal liver function tests; acne; mild increase in body hair; breast tenderness; increased libido, aggressiveness and irritability; and mood swings — all common side effect of anabolic steroid use.

“The risks and side effects of taking anabolic steroids long-term are certainly of concern,” Johns said. “We were unable to assess these risks in our review due to the short duration of treatment in the studies.”

AIDS Wasting leads to significant body weight loss in people with HIV and result in loss of muscles. The wasting stems from body’s lost ability to facilitate muscle growth and from low testosterone levels.

Friday 08, May 2009

  Anabolic Steroids helpful for HIV patients!

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Anabolic Steroids helpful for HIV patients!Medical sciences have hailed yet another good news, this time for HIV patients. A review portraying 13 studies carried out on adults of 24 to 42 years of age suffering from HIV has revealed that those administered with anabolic steroids for six months has showed considerable increase in their muscle mass. The magnitude of weight gain was clinically relevant and hence anabolic steroids has proved to be of great benefit for such patients.

The review is seen to have appeared in the latest edition of The Cochrane Library publication, an international concern involved in medical research. It is however based on evidence concluded after several medical trials based on it content as well as its quality.

AIDS wasting which leads to considerable loss of weight in people suffering from HIV can lead to acute muscle weakness as well as organ failure. This eventually leads to shortened life span. The wastage of stems caused from loss of body’s development of muscles, is primarily due to lower levels of testosterone.

Hence Anabolic steroids play the role to accentuate the growth of this male sex hormone which eventually leads to the growth of skeletal muscles and male sexual characteristics. Though some steroids have been banned for usage by athletes, most of them have a legitimate application, particularly for men with low testosterone levels and those suffering from certain type of anemia.