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Doctors Say Oil Injections Lead to Painful Cysts


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."

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  • 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 skin.
  • Sports medicine experts say that circuit weight training is the only safe and effective way to build muscle size and strength.


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