In addition to the mentioned side effects several others have been reported. In both males and females acne are frequently reported, as well as hypertrophy of sebaceous glands, increased tallow excretion, hair loss, and alopecia. There is some evidence that anabolic steroid abuse may affect the immune system, leading to a decreased effectiveness of the defense system. Steroid use decreases the glucose tolerance, while there is an increase in insulin resistance. These changes mimic Type II diabetes. These changes seem to be reversible after abstention from the drugs.
As a non-aromatizing androgen, dihydrotestosterone is extremely potent. Aromatization refers to the conversion of testosterone or anabolic steroids into estrogen. High estrogenic activity causes bloating, acne, water retention and oily skin. As dihydrotestosterone does not aromatize even at high dosages, users do not face the aforementioned side-effects. Lack of water retention also has a hardening effect on muscle tissue, in bodybuilders. Being a powerful androgen, dihydrotestosterone is also responsible for a shift in the estrogen-testosterone ratio in the body. Due to its predominant androgenic component, the steroid has a stimulating effect on the adreno-pituitary functions, and causes neurological excitation in the ‘sexual orientation areas of the brain’. This in turn, spikes sex drive in males.
Whether you want a Testosterone Cycle, Cutting, Bulking up or a Weight Loss Cycle , you should make the right choice before you start. Make sure that you decide if you want to cut, lose weight, or gain muscle. Maybe even lose weight and gain muscle all at the same time.
A healthy diet along with a good protein supplement will greatly improve performance in any good Cycle. Remember that by losing fat around the body you will increase your strength to mass ratio and improve lean muscle tissue, giving you that lean physique appearance.
Bulking and Cutting Cycles - Those individuals who already have a lean physique wont achieve fat loss gains as quickly as those with more weight and therefore would more than likely opt to go for a combined all in one Bulking and Cutting Cycle to start with.