Deca Durabolin is a very common and popular anabolic steroid used by bodybuilders and athletes looking to get an advantage by developing more muscle and power. It is anabolic, meaning that it works by stimulating the effects of heightened testosterone – the male hormone and the primary driver of anabolism (muscle building, fat burning and tissue repair).
While deca has many advantages for bodybuilders though, it is still very risky and comes with a lot of dangerous side effects. With that in mind, read on to find out ten of the most serious and to decide if it’s right for you.
One of the most frightening and serious side effects for many men is the formation of breasts: gynecomastia. This is possible because the dihydronandrolone can be aromatized into estrogen, which then causes the appearance of female sex traits in men. It exaggerates the effects of both male and female hormones!
2 Liver Toxicity
This is a drug that is liver toxic, meaning that it can place a serious strain on the liver as it tries to remove the foreign substance from your blood. The result can eventually be liver failure, which may even be fatal.
This is another of the most serious side effects of the drug. When the body recognizes the high levels of androgens, it can respond by downregulating testosterone – and this in turn can lead to impotence.
At the same time, that lowered T can also cause depression and low energy – resulting in men needing to be permanently on HRT.
5 Weight Gain
Deca can lead to unwanted weight gain through the increase of estrogen. This causes the body to retain more water, leading to a look that is somewhat ‘puffy’.
6 Hair Loss
Deca works by being converted into nandrolone and dihydronandrolone. While this is not testosterone itself, it can still cause a number of the same side effects. While it’s not a primary side effect, there’s still a chance that it can cause hair loss in men that are sensitive.
That also makes acne a very serious consideration.
8 Roid Rage
Almost all steroids can increase your chances of roid rage – which can even end up hurting your relationships. This happens because those male hormones all increase aggression and make you more likely to get angry easily.
9 Heart Problems
The heart is a muscle just like any other and thus, as testosterone increases, so too can your heart size. Eventually, this can prove fatal.
Finally, keep in mind that there is the risk of addiction. While Deca may not be physically addictive, once you get used to the results it can become psychologically very hard to stop. It can also act as a ‘gateway’ to more serious behavioral changes.
Considering all these serious side effects, it is a good thing that there is a safe, legal and effective alternative. It is called Decaduro (produced by Crazy Bulk) and it works by using a combination of natural ingredients chosen to mimic the effects of Deca.