Anabolic-Steroids; Derivatives of Testosterone
Anabolic-steroids are derivates of the male hormone testosterone. What this means is that anabolic steroids are chemical cousins of testosterone, but technically, are not testosterone. In other words, they are slightly chemically different than the testosterone found in our bodies.
The whole reason Anabolic-steroids were ever made in the laboratory was to decrease the androgenic pontency and increase the proportion of anabolic (tissue building/rejuvenating) abilities of the drugs. In this way you can have less male pattern balding ("androgenic alopecia"), less chance for prostate hypertrophy, less skin problems, and less overall Anabolic-steroid associated side effects.
Picture two anabolic-steroid rating scales going from "0" points to "1000" points. One scale is for androgenic potency and the other is for anabolic (muscle building) potency. Every drug has a ration of anabolic:androgenic property. Testosterone is the gold standard with a ration of 1:1. Testosterone has a 1000 point rating in the anabolic category, and a 1000 point rating in the androgenic category. This gives us the ration of 1:1. Anabolic steroids were initially synthesized in order to retain as many of the 1000 point anabolic points as possible, while minimizing the points on the androgenic scale. By doing this, scientists theororized that muscle tissue building ability would be high, and side effects of the androgenic portion would be low.
The tricky thing with true anabolic steroids (not testosterone-see esters), is that the androgenic and anabolic properties usually represent a double edged sword. This is particularly true with respect to muscle tissue growth and overall potency of drug. For example, anadrol, d-bol, parabolan, etc, all of the more androgenic drugs, are usually more potent for size and strength stimulation. There are many complex physiological reasons for this, many of which are not currently known by man. It is not so important to understand why, you must however be aware of the fact that this is true. These factors come into play for various users because it is the androgenic portion of various drugs that are responsible for the majority of side effects associated with anabolic steroid usage.
For example, if you are a juicer concerned with hair loss, you might not want to play around with drugs such as dianabol, anadrol, etc. They will have the greatest chance at accelerating male pattern baldness due to the fact that androgenic drugs are more likely to stimulate or simulate DHT (dihydrotestosterone) and lead to male androgenic alopecia (hair loss in the male due to excessive androgens).
Say Billy doesn’t want to lose his hair. Baldness runs in his family, muscle doesn’t, and we have a fellow seasoned juicer. Billy thinks that he will just take some primobolan or winstrol to avoid his hair loss while juicing because some buddies at the gym told him that they are not “androgens”. As we know, every single anabolic steroid has some androgenic properties. It is just how much. To complicate the situation, Billy is unaware that primobolan and winstrol are both DHT derivatives. This means that they are close enough in chemical structure to act like DHT in the body, even though they are not known as androgenic drugs.
The reality of the science is that primo and Winnie are both poor choices with respect to hair loss. It is important to know this, these kind of things are essential to avoiding unwanted side affects, especially for consistent users. Anabolic-steroids