The recent study used precise new imaging methods to look at the bone structure of 30 women placed on oral steroids for three months or longer. In particular, a high resolution CT scan was used to observe the micro architecture of the women’s bones and compare that to 60 control patients who didn’t take steroids. What’s fascinating was the standard gross metric called a DEXA scan was not accurate enough to show any differences between the women. However, the more sophisticated measures did show huge and scary changes. The women on steroids literally had evidence that their bones were being eaten away and rearranged by the steroids.
As to why some women opted to use steroids despite no interest in competition, their motivations were similar to those voiced by the recreational lifters in the 2007 survey of young men. Both groups say that they use steroids because of a desire to increase muscle mass, strength and physical appearance. There’s nothing wrong with that, although the same goals can be accomplished through natural, drug-free methods such as optimal nutrition and training techniques. One can only conclude that they’re after a look that supersedes anything they could get with natural training. Why that’s so remains a mystery that only those involved can answer.
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