The question is easy: what are Dianabol’s side effects? What are the dangers? All androgenic anabolic steroids carry the risk of negative side effects with them, but used correctly, Dianabol is not a dangerous product at all. The likelihood of side effects varies widely from one steroid to another and often the dosage taken and the individual’s response play an enormous role in the appearance of symptoms. In fact, the individual’s response may be the most important factor. As with many things in life, some individuals never have side effects no matter the dosage. Androgenic anabolic steroids are often well-tolerated by healthy adult males and the side effects are minimal or easily reversible. Take a look at one of the most popular anabolic steroids of all time: Dianabol (Metandienone).
Dianabol’s Common Side Effects
Dianabol’s two most common undesirable effects are undoubtedly gynecomastia (enlarged male breasts) and excess water retention in the muscles. These two reactions are due to the hormone’s aromatization (its conversion to estrogen). The increased estrogen level in the body is what causes these side effects. For most users, gynecomastia is preventable; a good aromatase inhibitor will suffice, such as Arimidex or Letrozole.
Estrogen levels are also responsible for water retention, and once again a good aromatase inhibitor can reduce and prevent this symptom. We should note that many who take Dbol to increase strength and mass begin to swell and immediately blame the hormone. Absolutely Dianabol may play a role, but nine times out of ten, the main culprit is nutrition. Users often eat too much, particularly too many carbohydrates. Yes, Dianabol’s side effects can include water retention, but this side effect is so easy to control that if it becomes a problem for you, first look at the other variables in your program, like your diet.
Two of Dianabol’s other possible side effects are high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. If you already have high blood pressure, you should avoid Dbol and use other steroids. If you have healthy blood pressure and don’t overdose, then you should be fine. And in fact, it is not rare to see an athlete take 30-50mg of Dbol per day and never see his blood pressure rise.
The same thing can be said for cholesterol: your current state and your predispositions will play a large role. If you are in good health and use Dianabol responsibly you will probably have no issues.
However it is always best to err on the conservative side, so it is recommended to ensure that your diet is rich in healthy fats, particularly omega-3 fatty acids. These fats improve overall cholesterol levels and many Dbol users with cholesterol-related side effects see their levels rise when they add omegas. Don’t forget that omega-3 fatty acids are just plain good for you, for your muscles as much as your overall health.
Dianabol’s Side Effect on the Liver
Metandienone is an oral anabolic steroid thanks to its C17- alpha alkyl (17-aa) structure and can be hazardous. This classification means that the hormone’s carbon 17 was modified in order to survive passing through the liver.
Dianabol’s side effects include an increase in hepatic (liver) enzymes. The good news for healthy men is that hepatic enzyme levels will return to normal quickly once Dianabol intake stops.
So we advise you to follow a healthy lifestyle for your liver, avoid any other oral medications during Dianabol intake, and please limit alcohol consumption. Daily alcohol consumption is more toxic to the liver than Dianabol will ever be, so please don’t combine the two.
Dianabol’s Side Effects on Testosterone
For one reason or another, many people believe that some androgenic anabolic steroids don’t suppress testosterone, which is simply not the case.
Suppression levels vary from one androgenic anabolic steroid to another, for example Deca-Durabolin totally stops production after a single low dose, while gentler steroids like Anavar only slightly diminish testosterone levels.
Sure enough, one of Dianabol’s oft forgotten side effects is temporary suppression of testosterone production in the testicles. It is never totally suppressed as with Nandrolone or Trenbolone, but the suppression is substantial enough to justify exogenous testosterone therapy.