All anabolic androgenic steroids carry with them the potential for negative side effects. The probability largely varies from one steroid to the next and often dose and individual response play a massive role; in-fact, individual response may indeed be the most important factor. As is with so many things in life some individuals have no negative response no matter how much of a particular item is present, for example, certain foods, while another person can look at the same food and become sick. The same can be said of most all anabolic androgenic steroids but the good news is for healthy adult men toleration is generally high and side effects are often avoidable or reversible when responsibility is implored. Lets take a look at one of the most popular anabolic steroids of all time Dianabol (Methandrostenolone) and see what we find
The two most common Dianabol side effects are without question Gynecomastia (male breast enlargement) and excess water retention or bloat. Both of these reactions are due to the hormone aromatizing (converting into estrogen) and as estrogen increases in the body these effects can become present. For most Gynecomastia is avoidable but for quite a few their sensitivity will be so great that nothing short of having their glands removed from their pecs will save them. In most cases a good aromatase inhibitor will prevent Gyno as it is commonly known with Arimidex and Letrozole being our best choices.
As it pertains to water retention, the same estrogenic effect is responsible and yet again an aromatase inhibitor will largely reduce and often prevent bloat to any serious degree. We must note, as it is a common misunderstanding; many who supplement with Dbol do so when bulking and when they bloat they immediately point to this hormone as the culprit. Absolutely, it may very well play a role but nine times out of ten the primary culprit is the individual eating too much, particularly in the way of carbohydrates. Yes, Dianabol side effects can include water retention but such a side effect is so easily controlled that if it does become a problem for you then you need to examine other aspects of your plan.
Two other primary Dianabol side effects include high blood pressure and inefficient cholesterol levels. For those who already have high blood pressure this is a steroid you must avoid and if youre predisposed to a high blood pressure condition you are advised to seek alternative steroids without question. Those who have a healthy blood pressure and who do not overdo the dose will generally be fine; in-fact, its not uncommon to see an athlete supplement with 30mg-50mg of Dbol a day and never see his blood pressure go up.
The same can be said of cholesterol; your current condition and predisposition will play a large role. Further, if you are healthy and use responsibly youll more than likely be fine. However, it is always best to err on the side of caution and as such it is recommended you ensure your diet is rich in healthy fats, especially those of an Omega Fatty-Acid nature. Such fats have been proven to improve total cholesterol levels greatly and many Dbol users who have dealt with Dianabol side effects of a cholesterol nature often see their levels improve when omegas are added. Lets not forget Omega Fatty-Acids are simply good for you to begin with and play many important roles in the muscle game and in our general overall health.
For one reason or another many people believe some anabolic androgenic steroids do not suppress testosterone and this simply isn't so. It is true, the level of suppression varies with each form; for example, Deca-Durabolin will suppress production completely after one dose, while milder steroids such as Anavar only suppress slightly but slightly is still suppression. In our case here, one of the often forgotten Dianabol side effects is in-fact testosterone suppression. It will not suppress to the degree of Nandrolone or Trenbolone but it is more than enough to warrant a need for exogenous testosterone therapy.