There's no way to deny it, the side-effects of Sustanon 250 can be quite problematic, but like all testosterone compounds, for the healthy adult male they are extremely easy to control. When we look at the side-effects of this compound, it's important to remember we're merely talking about testosterone, a hormone you already and have always produced; we are not introducing a foreign substance into our body. Further, as with most things in life, responsible use will always yield the safest results, but this leads to an important question; what defines responsible use? The definition of responsible use can vary greatly depending on who you ask; by law in the U.S., responsible use is only use that is of a therapeutic nature based on the need and prescription legally obtained to meet this need. Of course, that's a fairly broad definition in many ways, and as many countries carry laws that are nothing like those in the United States it still doesn't answer our question. When it comes to responsible use, the only sane definition is any use that does not cause you harm; it may sound simple, but sometimes answers are not as complicated as we tend to make them.
With responsible use in mind, we want to look at the side-effects of Sustanon 250, and of course, we want to look at what you can do about them in-order to afford protection. For the testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) patient, the side-effects of Sustanon 250 will normally not be a big concern; after all, you're merely replacing what you're lacking. Where side-effects become a true concern is with supraphysiological doses, but even then they can be controlled if we use our head. Of course, there will always be a point where we surpass what our body can handle, and this can vary somewhat from one man to the next, but the doses link should give you a fairly good idea. At any rate, let's take a look in detail at all the possible side-effects of Sustanon 250 and see what we can find.
Sustanon 250, like all testosterone compounds carries a strong aromatizing nature; the ability to cause a testosterone to estrogen conversion. For this reason, estrogen levels can increase, and while some estrogen is needed, if it is found in abundance it can prove to be extremely problematic. For most men, the estrogenic side-effects of Sustanon 250 will be the ones they need to concern themselves with the most, and they are also some of the easiest to control. As this is the case, when the aromatization process occurs and estrogen levels rise, the following can occur:
· Gynecomastia: often referred to as male-breast enlargement, with excess estrogen in your system, the hormone can bind to the receptors and promote breast
enlargement; a condition no man will desire. In-order to combat gynecomastia, your best bet will always be the use of an Aromatase Inhibitor (AI) such as
Arimidex or Letrozole. AI's will inhibit the aromatase process from occurring, and even lower your body's estrogen levels. Of course, another option is the
use of a Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator (SERM) such as Nolvadex; however, SERM's do not inhibit aromatase or reduce estrogen levels. SERM's can
offer protection by binding to the receptors thereby preventing estrogen from binding; for many men this can work, but for many others an AI is their only
hope; especially with performance level doses.
· Excess Water Retention: once again, the excess estrogen due to the aromatizing process is the culprit, and an AI as discussed above is the only thing
that can offer protection should this be a problem for you. Of course, many who use an AI, especially during off-season cycles still hold water and
immediately blame the side-effects of Sustanon 250, but they are often mistaken. While it's possible your AI dosing may be too low, more than likely the
problem is you are overeating; more than likely you're eating more carbohydrates than your body needs. Control your diet, use common sense and an AI and
you should not have a problem.
· High Blood Pressure: high doses of Sustanon 250 can increase blood pressure levels; however, excess estrogen that may build up at any dose depending on your individualistic nature can play a role too. Even so, the number one reason some have blood pressure issues is due to excess water retention. As this is the case, use an AI and control your diet as well as supplement with responsible doses and you shouldn't have a problem. It should be noted; if you already suffer from high blood pressure you should not touch this or any anabolic steroid.
In some cases, high doses of testosterone can increase LDL cholesterol and decrease HDL cholesterol; however, when we use an AI this becomes a greater concern. AI's have been shown to carry the ability to negatively affect lipid profiles, but all hope is not lost. If you are supplementing with responsible doses of Sustanon 250 and responsible doses of your AI, if you live a cholesterol friendly lifestyle you should be fine. Of course, this is assuming you do not already suffer from high cholesterol and that no underlying conditions exist. At any rate, it is important that you give your cholesterol some extra attention, and a good place to start is ensuring your diet is rich in omega fatty acids. Omega fatty acids will increase your HDL levels and this will in-turn lower your LDL levels and improve your total reading. It should go without saying, if you already suffer from high cholesterol, you should not supplement with this or any anabolic steroid.
When it comes to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), in most cases, such related side-effects will only be a concern with DHT compounds; however, testosterone can convert into DHT. For most men, DHT related side-effects of Sustanon 250 will not be a concern as it will take a massive conversion to lead to any related problems; even so, you need to be aware. Possible DHT related side-effects include:
· Acne: while high testosterone levels can cause acne, DHT is the most common problem and normally only in those who are already sensitive to acne. For
this reason, it is important that you keep your skin clean and dry at all times.
· Hair-Loss: DHT has the ability to deteriorate the hair-follicles and this will cause you to lose some of your hair; however, it is only possible in men
who are predisposed to male-pattern baldness. The androgen suppressor Finasteride can offer protection should this be a problem or concern for you, but it
is not guaranteed. As a side note, it is important to remember if you are predisposed to male-pattern baldness you were going to lose your hair anyway, but
the excess DHT may speed it up.
· Prostate Enlargement: first and foremost, men who already suffer from prostate enlargement should not supplement with Sustanon 250 or any anabolic steroid. Assuming your prostate is healthy, it will be a large DHT buildup that leads to a problem, and once again this makes responsible use imperative. Of course, if there is some underlying issue, even with responsible use some men could have a problem. If for any reason prostate enlargement occurs, this is where Finasteride will prove to be truly useful as it has been shown to effectively remedy prostate enlargement in numerous cases. It must be stated; regardless of your experience level in-regards to anabolic steroid use, you should ensure your prostate is healthy before you ever begin a course, and you should always keep an eye on it.
As is the case with most anabolic steroids, like all testosterone compounds the side-effects of Sustanon 250 will include natural testosterone suppression, and as a result testicular atrophy. Of course, as you're supplementing with Sustanon 250 which is merely testosterone, the testosterone suppression during the cycle is not an issue; even so, this does nothing for your testicular atrophy, but there is hope. Once your cycle is complete, assuming you did not supplement recklessly and severely damage your HPTA your natural testosterone production will begin again, and your testicles will return to their normal size. It must be noted; natural testosterone recovery is assuming you did not suffer from low testosterone prior to use.