Gym supplements and Mens Health
Gym supplements are commonly used and freely available online and over the counter. However they may not necessarily be free from side effects.
They may contain undeclared anabolic steroids and stimulants, which according to one Australian study may be present in 1 out of 5 supplements. Androgen deficiency (low male hormones) may happen with their use. Patients whose sports supplements contain androgenic steroids may present with features of androgen deficiency due to suppression of the hypothalamic-pituitary axis. Symptoms can be non-specific, such as lethargy, fatigue, low mood, irritability and poor concentration. More specific problems include male pattern hair loss, acne, liver injury, increased cardiovascular risk, osteopenia or osteoporosis, reduced muscle mass and strength, increased fat mass and gynaecomastia.There may be reduced sexual and reproductive function, with low libido and erectile dysfunction.Infertility may also occur. Think about whether supplements are safe, effective or necessary. Similar improvements in fitness may be gained through changes in nutrition or training.