Doctors Say Oil Injections Lead to Painful Cysts
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"Similarly, sports nutritionists can develop balanced diets that are
rich in protein," says Maharam. "So athletes should heed the advice of
these professionals. But too often, they only listen to their buddies at the
gym. And that's how they learn about oil injections and steroids."
Maharam tells WebMD that many amateur and professional athletes use
over-the-counter anabolic steroids.
"The use of oral steroids is probably more common than injections,"
says Maharam. "Because they're marketed as dietary supplements and sold at
health food stores, people assume they're safe. But they cause heart disease,
tumors, testicular shrinking, and premature balding. They can also stunt bone
growth in adolescents."
Maharam tells WebMD that 'andro' (androstenedione) is the over-the-counter
sex hormone once used by home-run king Mark McGwire. "It's inexpensive and
widely available, but it's a powerful compound with serious side effects,"
he says. "Given the risks of using anabolic steroids, there's just no
substitute for hard workouts at the gym. It's really the only safe way for
athletes to enhance their performance as well as their appearance."
- Bodybuilders who inject plant and mineral oils to enhance their appearance
can be causing damage.
- These types of injections can cause painful cysts, scarring, and even some
systemic diseases, such as scleroderma, a thickening and hardening of the
- Sports medicine experts say that circuit weight training is the only safe
and effective way to build muscle size and strength.