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Raised concentrations of C reactive protein in anabolic steroid using bodybuilders


Objective: To examine levels of C reactive protein in users of anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) compared with age matched control groups consisting of AAS using (but abstinent)/resistance trained and non-drug using/sedentary controls.

Method: Subjects included AAS using bodybuilders (n  =  10); bodybuilders who denied AAS use (n  =  10); sedentary controls (n  =  8). Venous blood was sampled, from which serum concentrations of C reactive protein, male sex hormones, and cardiac troponin T were determined.

Results: A significantly altered hormonal profile in the AAS using group provided indirect confirmation of AAS use. C reactive protein concentrations were significantly (p<0.05) higher in the AAS using bodybuilders. There was no relation between C reactive protein and cardiac troponin T.

Conclusion: AAS using bodybuilders had significantly higher C reactive protein concentrations, indicating a greater propensity to develop peripheral arterial disease.

  • bodybuilding
  • anabolic androgenic steroids
  • C reactive protein
  • thromboembolism
  • AAS, anabolic androgenic steroid
  • CRP, C reactive protein

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