Thanks to all the attention given to steroids in sports over the last few years, the general public has become much more aware of the side effects that taking steroids can have on the body. Aside from having effects on a person’s emotions and personality, steroids can also effect the body in a negative way, not just help build muscle mass.
For example, you’ve all probably seen the commercial where they show the marble statue of a man with a discus in his hands, and the statue falls apart. The narrator then says that “steroids don’t help your body, they destroy your body.” It’s a good message to send to the kids, but it does leave out one interesting aspect of steroids abuse. If they had shown a female statue on the commercial, they may have shown her growing a penis.
Heidi Krieger, the 1986 European women’s shot-put champion, became Andreas Krieger after a sex-change operation in 1997. He says he had been fed so many steroids by his coaches without his knowledge that physical and emotional problems began.
The young woman’s physique changed drastically, as did her feelings. “I felt much more attracted to women and just felt like a man. But I knew I was not lesbian,” Krieger told CNN.
Her coaches said they were giving her vitamin pills, but they were actually feeding her Oral-Turinabol anabolic steroids.
The drug Krieger had been taking was an early ancestor of human growth hormone that’s so prevalent today. It was called PGH, or Penis Growth Hormone.
Of course, if you’re one of those people who needs visual evidence to believe a story, CNN also provided this video of Krieger’s story. It’s a pretty interesting look at the long term effects of prolonged steroid abuse, and it really makes you wonder what’s going to happen to all the athletes who have been taking them twenty years from now.
Hell, it also makes me wonder if Mark McGwire’s name was Martina McGwire back in 1984.
Though to be honest, I don’t think that today’s steroid-aided athletes really have to worry about going through something like Krieger has had to. It’s been over twenty years since Krieger was doping for the East Germans, and considering that scientists come out with a new steroid every fifteen minutes or so, I’m sure they’ve developed safer ones throughout the years as well.
Still, if we see a bulge in Dana Torres‘ swimsuit in the next few days, don’t say you weren’t warned.