When you take steroids you are putting yourself at risk of serious side effects and you will end up getting fat and losing weight, a new study has found.
But it also warns against overusing them, because there is no safe way to go for weight loss.
The findings were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
They have led to calls for an overhaul of the US government’s drug policy.
A study published in April 2016 found that steroid use by the general population was higher than that of other age groups.
It also found that the rate of fat loss for those over 50 increased by 1.2 per cent a year.
But Dr Stephen Cai, an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Sydney, said he believed that the obesity epidemic was not related to the use of steroids.
Instead, he said, it was a “symptom of the larger problem of excess weight that is growing in the US”.
“This epidemic is a result of the epidemic of excess energy intake and obesity,” Dr Cai said.
He said it was unlikely that steroids would make people lose weight.
“We are not going to be able to prevent people from being obese because of their use of drugs, we’re going to need to do more to prevent the epidemic from becoming a pandemic,” Dr Sacks said.
“If we have a healthy weight, then we can prevent more people from getting obesity.”
Dr Sacks told ABC News he did not think the data from the US study would necessarily be used as a guide for the Australian population.
“I’m not sure what the evidence is in terms of what the UK study was doing,” he said.
But the findings could have implications for the use and misuse of other drugs, such as alcohol.
Dr Cai and colleagues said their findings did not mean people should be using steroids to lose weight, and that people who were taking the drug could have a range of health issues including increased risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease.
The US study looked at data from 7,744 people who took the common weight-loss drug metformin between 2006 and 2015.
Dr Sack said it showed that there were a number of ways to lose fat without using steroids.
But he said that many people had an unhealthy attitude towards steroids.
“Somebody who’s not a steroid user may have a negative attitude towards the steroids, and may have to resort to them,” he told ABC Radio.
“The risk of misuse or abuse of steroids is very high, so I would not be surprised if some people misuse steroids and some people don’t.”
It’s a very serious problem.
“Dr C, from the University at Albany, said the research had some limitations, including the fact that the study was not randomised, and the participants were mostly young and healthy.”
But we’re very confident that if you use a lot of drugs and you are on some kind of medication that you’re not going for a weight loss, you’re going for health, and it will be the same in this case,” he explained.”
So this study does show that a lot can happen to the body in a short time without using a drug.
“He said there were also health risks for using steroids, including heart disease, which is a major risk factor for heart disease.
Dr David Sinclair, from University of Queensland, said it would be interesting to see what other countries looked at before Australia took the drug.”
There are lots of studies that have looked at the health effects of steroids in other countries,” he noted.”
One of the reasons that people have been concerned about the US drug policy is because they do not have good data about the health outcomes of these drugs in Australia.
“He added that while he believed the drug policy had “been a disaster for people” he did think it had been a good one.”
People are using these drugs, but the drug policies are a huge problem,” Dr Sinclair said.
Dr Sinclair also said that it would take a lot more research to understand how to prevent a future epidemic.