Bodybuilding Deaths from Steroids, Insulin and Diuretics
Using drugs to enhance performance in a bodybuilding competition is something that is getting worse every year. We've all seen the press going on about the increasing incidents of people competing in a sport and taking some fancy performance enhancer.
Anyone taking steroids to compete is always forced to then start taking drugs that help to hide the steroids taken, called diuretics which basically dilute the urine so much that the steroid cannot be seen on a normal drug test. The type and the complexity of how these diuretics affect the person, change from one diuretic to another.
Steroids are not only dangerous for your health, which has been conclusively proven, but they are expensive. Any pro bodybuilder who is taking steroids and/or anabolic hormone equivalents will spend between $8,000 to $20,000 during a 16-week competition cycle.
Insulin is obviously an anabolic hormone because it is directly connected to your ability to speed up repair and continue protein synthesis. Some of the greatest bodybuilders like Mr. Olympia winner Rich Gaspari used insulin so frequently that his pancreas shut down and he became a diabetic on insulin.
There are many bodybuilders and professional wrestlers like the Canadian professional wrester Christopher Michael Benoit who died from insulin overdose. Generally, bodybuilders use a wide range of different hormones to increase muscle mass.
Taking just enough insulin so that you don't go into hypoglycemic shock, but enough to get the muscle building affect, is a very fine balance that many bodybuilders get wrong. Many bodybuilders who try taking insulin land up in hypoglycemia.
There are many examples of top athletes dying from taking steroids, Andreas Munzer is a well published example of a bodybuilder who first lost liver function, then he lost both kidneys and then his heart failed because of steroids. When he died of multiple organ failure at the age of 32 in 1996 his stomach was full of blood.
It was during the 1980's that Dr. Robert Goldman decided to ask top-level athletes if they would accept a deal done with the devil. The deal he asked them was if a guaranteed victory was offered but they would be dead within five years, would they take it?
It became known as "Goldman's Dilemma" which he said would be answered yes by 80% of all top competitive athletes. It was this type of thinking that spurred on the innovation into more and more complex steroids, HGH and other anabolic hormones or additives that help the blood to carry more oxygen.
Below is a list of 10 randomly selected competitive bodybuilders that have paid the ultimate price by taking steroids and other PEDs (performance enhancing drugs):
Mike Matarazzo 2014, age 47
Dan Puckett 2007, age 22
Scott Klein 2003, age 30
Robert Benavente 2004, age 30
Trevor Smith 2004, age 30
Daniele Seccarecci 2013, age 33
Mohammed Benaziza 1992, age 33
Daniele Seccarecci 2013, age 33
Luke Wood 2011, age 35
Art Atwood 2011, age 37
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