STEROIDS INCREASE INSULIN RESISTANCE IN WOMEN

Many women believe that steroids will help in burning fat, but this does not always happen. In men, some steroids can actually help burn fat, especially oxandrolone, stanozolol and TREMBOLONE. These steroids appear to have a greater impact on increasing energy expenditure. However, in many women it is common to increase insulin resistance with the use of steroids, which hinders the oxidation of fat, in addition to increasing water retention and aggravating side effects, such as acne.

Although many women manage to achieve a low percentage of fat using anabolic steroids, many others do not have a good response to the use of steroids when it comes to fat loss. This is because the use of androgenic steroids in women can worsen insulin sensitivity.

Several studies show a strong association between excess ANDROGEN and increased insulin resistance, as seen in women with polycystic ovary syndrome and hyperandrogenism. Several studies also show that the use of antiandrogenic drugs (spironolactone, hormonal contraceptives) can improve insulin sensitivity in many women with PCOS and hyperandrogenism.

For years I have observed that some women are privileged when it comes to the use of steroids, because when they use these substances they gain muscle mass and are able to lose fat. Many others do not have the same response when it comes to fat loss, although they gain muscle mass with these hormones. Many bodybuilding coaches and coaches who do not understand this differential aspect of women's metabolism end up increasing the doses of hormones in their athletes and clients who are unable to lose fat. This abuse of steroids only further worsens the condition, as it further increases insulin resistance and worsens side effects (acne, hirsutism, retention, fat gain, hair loss, virilization).

Women who have worsening insulin sensitivity with steroids should minimize ANDROGEN use and not increase doses. Women who manage to have an athletic physique and do not show evident virilization traces do not abuse steroids, as the virilizing effects are dose dependent and become increasingly evident with long time of use.

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