Anabolic steroids – lifelong performance benefits?

November 27, 2015

Recent research by the University of Oslo published in the Journal of Physiology has shown that brief exposure to anabolic steroids may have long lasting, performance enhancing effects. It is postulated that a cellular memory mechanism within the muscle is responsible for such effects.

The research study exposed mice to steroids, resulting in an increase in muscle mass. Three months after withdrawal of the steroid, the mice underwent a period of exercise during which, their muscle mass increased 30% over a 6 day period. There was no significant difference in the control group.

Further research is required in human muscle however, it leads us to open the debate as to whether doping offenders should be banned for life. Currently, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code stipulates a maximum 2 year ban for doping offenders……