Saturday December 14, 2019

Beware! Gyms, Health Clubs Supplying Steroids in Name of Food Supplements

Youngsters visiting gyms and using supplements provided by gym instructors to improve their physical appearance is the new trend

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Researchers have found that working out at home not only saves your time, cost and access but also increases adherence. Pixabay

In an alarming trend, gymnasiums and health clubs across the country are providing youngsters with steroids and banned drugs in the name of food supplements that aid bodybuilding.

Youngsters visiting gyms and using supplements provided by gym instructors to improve their physical appearance is the new trend inspired by sports personalities and Bollywood actors.

However, some of these so-called supplements, are actually steroids and banned drugs, which cause physiological and psychological disorders such as hallucination, anxiety issues, depression and even suicidal tendencies.

Some times the use of such steroids can lead to heart attack, stroke, cardiac arrest and
hairfall at a young age.

Beware, Gyms, Health Clubs
In an alarming trend, gymnasiums and health clubs across the country are providing youngsters with steroids. Pixabay

“More than 90 per cent of such substances are anabolic steroids, which are easily available in local gyms and medical stores without any prescription from a doctor,” Dr. Saranjeet Singh, a Lucknow-based sports medicine specialist told IANS.

“These steroids are mixed in local and cheap food supplements and used by youngsters as a source of protein. They can either be taken orally or injected and very often lead to youngsters become paranoid and addicted to these drugs,” Singh added.

“The addiction of these steroids is more harmful than that of recreational drugs. In two or three cases, people got so addicted to these steroids that they commited suicide when they could not get them,” said Singh, who is also the Vice-President of the Uttar Pradesh Body Building Association.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court, in a recent order, came down heavily on gyms providing food supplements to their clients.

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The court order came on a petition filed by Ludhiana-based Ravi Kumar, who alleged that his son, a class 12 student, became a drug addict following consumption of supplements provided by a gym.

Dr. Singh urged the government to raise awareness among youngsters about the usage of such supplements and also to put a check on their sale. (IANS)

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Hip and Knee Steroid Injections can be Harmful

Commonly given hip and knee steroid intra-articular injections may be harmful to some patients

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Study says, Commonly given hip and knee steroid intra-articular injections may be harmful to some patients with at-risk conditions. Pixabay

Commonly given hip and knee steroid intra-articular injections may be harmful to some patients with at-risk conditions, according to a new study.

Corticosteroid injections are often given to reduce pain and inflammation from osteoarthritis.

Researchers from Boston University have found accelerated arthritis and joint destruction can be the unintended result of intra-articular corticosteroid injections.

“We are now seeing that these injections can be very harmful to the joints with serious complications such as osteonecrosis, subchondral insufficiency fracture and rapid progressive osteoarthritis,” said study author Ali Guermazi, Professor at Boston University .

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Accelerated arthritis and joint destruction can be the unintended result of intra-articular cortico Steroid injections. Pixabay

“Intra-articular corticosteroid injection should be seriously discussed for pros and cons. Critical considerations about the complications should be part of the patient consent which is currently not the case right now,” he added.

Osteoarthritis of the hip and knee is among the most common joint disorders.

A frequently performed treatment for osteoarthritis and other joint related pain syndromes are intra-articular corticosteroid injections, yet there is conflicting evidence on their potential benefit.

For the study published in the journal Radiology, the researchers conducted a search on patients they had injected in the hips and knees during 2018.

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Cortico Steroid injections are often given to reduce pain and inflammation from osteoarthritis. Pixabay

They found that eight per cent had complications, with 10 per cent in the hips and four per cent in the knees.

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The researchers also suggest that the radiologic community should actively engage in high-quality research on this topic to better understand potential at-risk conditions prior to intervention, and to better understand potential adverse joint events following these procedures to avoid possible complications. (IANS)