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Oral Anabolic Steroids, Liver Enzyme Tests and Liver Function

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Steroids – you’ve must heard this word before. But many of us don’t know exactly what steroids are and what they are used for. Many think that they are only used to improve athlete’s performance, but this is actually not true. They can have many medical benefits, but they can also be harmful to your organism. Steroids are actually a synthetic compound which is used to help our body to increase its strength. There are many types of steroids, and the most popular ones are the anabolic steroids. But, you’re probably asking yourself what the long term consequences of taking steroids might be. Well, this is something we will discuss in the following text.

Useful tests
When you’re done with your cycle, it’s normal that your liver enzymes are higher than usual. But, after taking a longer break, when you do the test again, you may find yourself in a situation where liver enzymes are still higher than normal. There are two main liver enzymes that show us what condition the liver is in. These enzymes are AST (aspartate aminotransferase) and ALT (alanine aminotransferase). The AST/ALT ratio shows the level of liver damage. This is very useful in revealing certain diseases like hepatitis. But, these are not the only tests done, there are a few more, and every one of them reveals different damages and different causes of those damages.

Why is liver damage a serious thing?
Liver has a really big role in our organism. It is used to ‘’clean’’ (detox) our blood, actually to collect all those bad substances and process them. We can’t live without the liver, and this is why it’s important to preserve it in a good condition. But, the food we eat, the fluids we drink, the medicines we take, all of these things have a big influence on our liver condition. Steroid usage also leaves a mark on it. Steroids can stay in our body and blood system long after we finish the cycle. If you take them intravenously you can find traces of them even months after stopping the usage. This is why oral steroids are more popular, because it is estimated that they will stay in our organism only for a few weeks. This is also a long period, but when you compare it to intravenously taken steroids, it looks short.

Higher level of liver enzymes
If you are in the situation where you have increased levels of liver enzymes, you should definitely contact your doctor for further analysis. You must tell them that you’ve been taking steroids in the past. There are many types of steroids, some of them are similar to others, but differences are something that is normal.

Different steroids have a different influence on our organism; they have different usage, different cycle treatment, and also, the estimated time for staying in our organism is also different. But, you need to know that the most reliable way to find out the cause of higher levels of these enzymes is liver pathology which gives the best results. It will show the type of damage, its origin and how dangerous it is. But, if you decide to go only with AST/ALT ratio, you need to know that there are many factors that can have influence on the level that will be shown:
• body mass index
• time of the day when you are doing the test
• if you were physically active, like having an exercise
• Some sort of muscle injury etc.

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After all, steroids can have many bad influences on our organism, but when you decide to start taking them, you should know what the risks are. Liver is first on the impact list, and this is why you should control the enzyme levels often and try to choose the best possible type of steroids, that will minimize the consequences (because, there is no such thing as harmless steroids).

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