Who wants to look old? If there was a magic potion to prevent normal aging, would you take it?
While it sounds tantalizing, the side effects and cost alone are enough to dissuade the general population from abusing Human Growth Hormone illegally.
However, some celebrities have weighed the pros and cons, and decided to go ahead with the drug… Sylvester Stallone steroids use being one example.
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What is Human Growth Hormone, and why is it an illegal steroid?
First of all, recognize the differences between anabolic steroids, which are the muscle-building steroids that get abused by athletes and other celebs – and corticosteroids.
When you hear about someone taking steroids medically, that’s usually a corticosteroid, which is taken to reduce the swelling from an overactive immune response.
Anabolic steroids can be prescribed medically, too … But not to help an athlete build muscle. THAT’S illegal.
When anabolic steroids or Human Growth Hormones (HGH) are prescribed, it’s for medical treatment, not for bodybuilding.
It can be involved with conditions like cancer, muscle wasting, and/or for other hormonal issues, like the loss of testicular function, AIDS, and delayed puberty in males.
However, many people take HGH without a prescription, illegally, for anti-aging purposes.
In 2004, just a few years before Stallone was caught with illegal HGH, researchers estimated somewhere between 20,000 and 30,000 healthy American adults were using off-label HGH shots, found on the internet and elsewhere.
However, researchers have shown that using HGH when healthy can cause some awful side effects.
A study performed on lab mice showed that HGH actually can have the exact opposite of the desired effect: accelerated aging, which increases your chance of age-related diseases.
HGH abuse may also be connected with cancer, because certain hormones can spur the growth and division of tumor cells.
Additionally, side effects can include swelling, carpal tunnel syndrome, and breast formation in men (gynecomastia,) as well as increased possibility of pre-diabetic conditions and diabetes.
Unfortunately, celebrities have publicly touted what they believe to be HGH’s age-preventing benefits, including Anna Nicole Smith (now deceased,) and football player Lyle Alzado, which makes the drug seem even more attractive to the general (unsuspecting) population.
If you ever hear the words Sylvester Stallone Steroids in conversation, you’ll probably hear a story that sounds a little like the following.
We suspect that being an actor, and having cameras trained his way constantly on and off the set, might have been a persuasive factor for Sylvester Stallone.
Besides, he is an actor whom is famous for his strong, athletic physique, a la Rocky and Rambo, so perhaps losing a big part of his image with old age made him desperate?
Doctors have said it was very unlikely that Sylvester Stallone’s HGH levels were deficient at the time! Hmmmm.
The four dozen vials were found in Stallone’s luggage. Now, we all know that head trauma from boxing can cause brain damage later in life .. But you’re not a real boxer, Sly.
When interviewed by Matt Lauer on Today a year after the scandal, Stallone disagreed that he was taking the Human Growth Hormone to build muscle and stay in shape in old age.
Instead saying that HGH helps your body recuperate after working out, preventing wear and tear on your frame over years of staying fit.
Stallone said that the only way to be really fit in your old age is to keep working out regularly one’s whole life, starting in your youth.
Many rumors are just that – rumors, without public proof.
These include Dolph Lundgren, who played Stallone’s nemesis Ivan Drago in Rocky IV, and Jason Statham, both of whom have their hypothetical ‘steroid cycles’ (including supposed illegal HGH abuse) postulated on Evolutionary.org.
Statham starred in the most recent The Fast and the Furious movie, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and Snatch.
Rapper and producer Dr. Dre and the comedian Carrot Top have also been rumored to use HGH, as well as other steroids. Abuse hasn’t been proven for any of these celebrities.
Other celebrities who HAVE been caught using steroids include A-Rod (baseball star Alex Rodriguez,) and former multiple Tour-de-France winner Lance Armstrong (whose awards have been stripped since he was found out in 2013.)
Besides the Sylvester Stallone steroids fiasco, other celebrities listed above have been attracted by anti-aging clinics’ claims of HGH making skin thicker and more elastic, more collagenous, and making it easier for the body to recover post workout.Celebrities on SteroidsHollywood Steroids Use50 CentArnold SchwarzeneggerBolo YeungBrad PittBruce LeeCarrot Top SteroidsCharlie SheenChris EvansChristian BaleDwayne JohnsonHugh JackmanHulk HoganJean Claude Van DammeMark WahlbergMichael Clarke DuncanMickey RourkeRyan ReynoldsSean PennSpencer MatthewsSylvester Stallone Busted for HGHSylvester StalloneTerry CrewsTom HardyZac Efron