Not to mention, I might have been a little more intelligent as well because growth hormone helps with brain development. The precursor to all of this was healthy dietary fats and cholesterol, something I got very little of growing up. And my father would constantly put me down about how physically weak and slow I was compared to all the other kids when I was playing sports. He’d tell me “you need to gain weight”. And coincidentally my mother was and still is very obese. She was almost morbidly obese when I was a kid, she ate nothing but cheesits, potato chips, ice cream, twinkies. Not kidding.
The abuse of anabolic steroids by high school, college and other amateur athletes is a dangerous practice. Participants in amateur sports must be made aware of the physical and emotional dangers associated with steroid abuse. The "win at any cost " attitude embraced by some athletes must be redirected and replaced by personal dedication to the sport; a thorough knowledge of the sport's physical demands and requirements; maintenance of a healthy lifestyle; and, an appreciation of the satisfaction that comes from participation.