Products labelled as Fitness dietary supplements are rampantly in use among
bodybuilders. These products come in the form of powders, capsules and injections. These
products are largely used for better body shape, weight reduction supplements and
performance enhancing drugs. Potentially vulnerable groups are teenage boys and young
men who are facing pressures to conform more stylised muscular body. These products
are becoming trendy among girls and older individuals. Marketing strategies claims weight
loss, brighten their mood, modify their social and sexual behaviour, lighten or tan their
skin, enhance their cognitive function, and build muscle. They are not rigorously tested do
not necessarily list all ingredients consequently might contain harmful anabolic steroids.
These steroids significantly lower plasma testosterone levels and develop symptoms of
hypogonadism, i.e., erectile dysfunction, decreased libido, and increased depression.
These steroids have proven adverse effect on sperm count and quality.
Dr. Chirag Gupta, Consultant, Andrologist