Anabolic Steroids Can Reverse Muscle Loss in Immobilized Limbs
WebMD News Archive
Though the research findings seem to indicate that anabolic steroids may
help people who are bed-ridden or who suffer from disease associated with
muscle loss such as AIDS, Deschere cautions against their use if similar
results are found in humans. First of all, he notes that using anabolic
steroids will not allow people to sit on the couch and begin to look like
Arnold Schwarzenegger. He also points out that using these steroids can have
some very dangerous side effects, ranging from higher cholesterol to sterility
to shrinking of the testicles to some forms of liver cancer.
Greg A. Rowden, MD, agrees and thinks the main use of this technique, if it
is found to work on humans, would be in other areas of medicine. Rowden is
director of primary care/sports medicine fellowship at the Methodist Sports
Medicine Center in Indianapolis.
"In sports medicine we are casting fewer and fewer injuries," he
tells WebMD. "[Steroids] could be useful in major trauma where many broken
limbs require multiple casts for a long period of time. Maintaining muscle mass
in this manner might be considered in certain wasting diseases such as AIDS.
However, the health costs to the individual associated with possibly returning
to work a little quicker, argue against using this in those with less
"We are not advocating the use of anabolic steroids for therapy at this
time," says study co-author Taylor. "Our results suggest that it is
time for a closer examination of the possibilities for steroids to be used in a
controlled manner for specific purposes. We do not want to portray the message
that this will allow people to get bigger and stronger. That is not what the
- An experimental study on rabbits shows that anabolic steroids can prevent
muscle loss, or atrophy, in limbs that are immobilized by a cast.
- Previously it was believed that anabolic steroids would not work with out
exercise, but this study shows otherwise.
- If anabolic steroids prove to be effective at preventing muscle atrophy in
humans, it is important to note that there are some serious potential side
effects, such as higher cholesterol, sterility, shrinking of the testicles, and