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    Advanced Cyborg Brother NY REBEL's Avatar
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    Hows your liver doing?

    Anabolic steroids have their legitimate uses, but abusing them can bring on a variety of health problems — some of which are connected to liver cancer.


    Although well-documented reports linking steroids to liver cancer are rare, as more athletes use drugs to improve their performance or build their bodies, many types of dangerous side effects from the abuse of anabolic steroids are becoming known — and events are becoming more frequent.

    Recently, there have been many instances in the news about famous athletes and performance-enhancing drugs, sometimes referred to as "doping." In most cases, the drugs that are being used are anabolic steroids. These drugs are manufactured steroids that behave like the male hormone testosterone. In the United States, it is illegal to use anabolic steroids without a prescription.

    "Anabolic steroids are male-related hormones that can be used to increase muscle mass. When these drugs are abused they can have many side effects, including liver damage," notes George Y. Wu, MD, PhD, a professor of medicine, chief of the hepatology section, and Herman Lopata chair in hepatitis research at the University of Connecticut Medical Center in Farmington.


    Liver Cancer: Anabolic Steroid-Related Liver Damage

    Liver damage from anabolic steroids can cause a condition called cholestasis. With this condition, bile, a digestive fluid made in your liver, cannot get to where it needs to go and leaks out into your blood. Symptoms include:

    Itching
    Nausea
    Loss of appetite
    Dark urine
    Jaundice — the yellow discoloration of your eyes and skin
    Damage to the liver is evident when enzymes called aminotransferases leak out of damaged liver cells into your bloodstream.

    Another important point about anabolic steroids: They can be addictive. These steroids can cause steroid craving that leads to the need for more frequent and higher drug doses. Liver damage has been shown to be related to the cumulative effects of higher and more frequent use.

    Liver Cancer: Can Anabolic Steroids Cause It?

    Dr. Wu says that reports exist showing a slightly increased risk of developing liver cancer with long-term use of high-dose anabolic steroids. However, he says, “the scientific evidence supporting a cause-and-effect relationship is weak.”

    But these steroids are known to cause tumors that form in your liver. Called hepatic adenomas, these tumors are not cancerous. However, they are dangerous because they can rupture and cause serious bleeding in the liver. There have been several reported deaths caused by bleeding from ruptured hepatic adenomas. The link between hepatic adenomas and anabolic steroid use in athletes is increasing. Recently, a case of a hepatic adenoma turning into liver cancer was reported.

    Liver Cancer: Anabolic Side Effects

    While there is not a strong link between liver cancer and anabolic steroids, there is strong evidence for serious liver damage. Other side effects of anabolic steroids include:

    High blood pressure
    Increased levels of bad cholesterol
    Mood swings
    Aggressive behavior
    Infertility in men
    Menstrual abnormalities in women
    If you are an athlete or a body-builder and you are tempted to use anabolic steroids, consider that besides the legal and social risks involved, these drugs can and do cause life-theatening medical complications.

    what can you do to help support your liver?

    Here are 21 things you can do to save your liver:

    1. Lose weight: Pate de foie gras (literally, “pate of fatty liver”) is deliberately induced in geese by force-feeding them with a funnel. Foes of animal cruelty have sought to ban it. But when it comes to people, we routinely put on the feedbag and cram excess calories into our bodies.

    2. Eat less carbs: It’s not an accident that makers of pate de foie gras put white bread into the funnels. It turns out that, while overall excess food intake is a risk factor for fatty liver, carbohydrates in particular generate fat deposits in the liver. The worst culprit by far is high fructose corn syrup, which is used to sweeten just about everything these days, especially soda drinks.

    3. Take probiotics: A strong link has been discovered between disordered intestinal microbial balance (“dysbiosis”) and fatty liver. Some studies suggest that a bad intestinal environment fosters “leaky gut syndrome,” which allows GI toxins to flood the liver via the portal circulation. Probiotics help to normalize intestinal flora.

    4. Drink coffee: Coffee drinking has been shown to protect the liver by optimizing the flow of bile. It’s not clear whether it’s the dark polyphenolic compounds in coffee or the caffeine that helps liver function—even decaf may help, though opt for Swiss water-processed premium decaf to avoid the decaffeinating agent methylene chloride, which is harsh on the liver.

    5. Detox! The liver is responsible for rendering harmless numerous toxic chemicals that we ingest in our food, water and air. It has enormous capacity to protect our bodies from harm, but it, too, can become overwhelmed. Help lighten your liver’s toxic load by using natural cosmetics and household products and avoiding processed foods with unpronounceable ingredients. Additionally, opt for organic produce and animal products, which are less laden with manmade chemicals.

    6. Avoid alcohol: Adding booze to pre-existing fatty liver will accelerate liver deterioration. Since alcohol requires a healthy liver to be properly metabolized, I recommend zero tolerance for drinks.

    7. Avoid certain supplements: Excess iron, niacin, and vitamin A (the retinol form, not beta carotene) tend to stress an unhealthy liver. Check your multi and B-complex for these ingredients.

    8. Avoid exotic-sounding bodybuilding ingredients and shoddily manufactured herbal products: A recent study in the journal Hepatology claims that liver injury due to supplements and herbs is on the rise. I feel these claims are exaggerated and belie the excellent safety profile of the vast majority of supplements made by mainstream, responsible manufacturers.
    However, bad players exist on the fringes of the supplement industry—the recent banning of certain sports supplements that contain significant amounts of anabolic steroids underscores the risk to unwary consumers. Herbal remedies with “proprietary formulas” that do not properly disclose their ingredients should be avoided. If in doubt, consult reliable sources such as the Emerson Quality Program.

    9. Avoid oral hormones: Anabolic steroids taken for bodybuilding, the birth control pill and drugs such as Premarin taken for menopause place stress on the liver. The alternative for menopausal women is to use bioidentical hormones that are applied transdermally to the skin—this avoids a first-pass through the liver.

    10. Avoid these drugs: Many drugs can be harmful to the liver. A particular concern is over-the-counter Tylenol, and cold and pain remedies that contain acetaminophen. Commonly prescribed medications including statins, acid-blockers, psychiatric drugs, certain antibiotics and anti-fungals are notorious for causing liver problems.

    11. Take NAC: N-acetylcysteine is so protective to the liver that it is commonly administered to save patients who have overdosed on Tylenol from liver failure—it’s the only known antidote. NAC is a potent precursor of glutathione, a powerful antioxidant.

    12. Take milk thistle: Silymarin, derived from the milk thistle plant, Silybum marianum, has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for diseases of the liver and biliary tract.

    13. Take SAMe: S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe) acts in a variety of ways to protect the liver from injury. Consider taking 400 mg twice daily to promote detoxification.

    14. Take PC: A concentrated extract of lecithin, Phosphatidylcholine has been shown to protect the liver from insults including excessive alcohol.

    15. Take alpha lipoic acid: Dr. Burt Berkson discovered the hepatic-protective benefits of alpha lipoic acid while a medical intern tasked with caring for patients with deadly Amanita mushroom poisoning. When patients with terminal liver failure unexpectedly recovered fully with ALA, he knew he was on to something.

    16. Take vitamin E: Patients with fatty liver disease found significant improvements in the appearance of liver tissue on biopsies after taking 800 IU of vitamin E over a period of months.

    17. Take vitamin C: When teamed with vitamin E, 500 mg/day of vitamin C slowed progression of fatty liver.

    18. Take curcumin: Since fatty liver disease is at least in part an inflammatory disorder, harnessing curcumin’s potent anti-inflammatory effects is advisable.

    19. Drink dandelion tea: A traditional remedy for liver disorders, dandelion is a cholagogue, which means it promotes mobilization of stagnant bile from the liver.

    20. Avoid constipation: Lack of adequate bowel elimination allows intestinal toxins to accumulate, whereupon they directly circulate to the liver. Consider magnesium citrate capsules (two to six daily) as a gentle, non-habit forming promoter of regularity.

    21. Get moving: According to recent studies, regular aerobic exercise helps optimize liver function. It may do so by curbing insulin resistance, a key promoter of fatty deposits in the liver.

    Remember, often it is easier to prevent disease than to treat it, so take good care of your liver now. Don’t wait until liver damage has set in to take advantage of these liver-saving tips and tricks.

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    Thanks for the info bro. Ordering some n2guard this week!

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    I like the Title ~ I was talking to my Liver this morning ~ All is Well !

    But on a Serious Note:
    Having had Hepatitis-B & Yellow Jaundice back in 82 from a Broken Septic Pipe, this is No Joke.

    1 Item I noticed missing from your list is "Tudca", and it's extremely Important for good Liver Health during any Cycle.................... JP

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    It's also in the Newer N2Guard.

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    Good post NY.
    All great supplements, and vitamins to take for a daily regime.

    on another note:
    1800mg of NAC and about 750mg of pharmaceutical UDCA does the job for my liver everyday.

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    Excellent.. Thanks for the feedback guys!
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    Very nice info.......thanks NY!

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    One hell of a post and want this one as prescribed thanks bro

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    This is a great post. Thanks a lot Rebel.

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    I'll be doing anabolics Ana kidneys next
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    Thanks for the interesting article. Really enjoyed reading it.
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