Do’s and Don’ts of Taking Steroids

Written by on April 4, 2020 in Stuff with 0 Comments

Steroids are man made chemicals utilized to boost the function of the immune system and increase performance in bodies. They also help deal patients with diseases that are life-threatening such as cancer, asthma as well as autoimmunity. Although there are various types of steroids available in the market legal and illegal a person must go through the correct route when trying to acquire steroids. A health care provider will guide you with the condition you are facing and the best legal steroids to be taken in that situation. They will also guide you on a few lifestyle changes that come along with the use of steroids. These changes will help you avoid any negative impacts on your life and body that can be caused by the use of steroids.

Such changes may include:

  • Lowering salt intake: use of steroids causes your body to hold on to the sodium it consumes which can, in turn, cause your body to hold on to the fluid you consume and can cause weight gain. Lowering your salt intake will ensure you maintain adequate levels of salt in your body to avoid water retention and weight gain. Another way to battle this problem is to avoid all processed foods that may contain high levels of sodium, for example, Soy sauce.
  • Taking care of your bones: one of the few side effects of administering steroids is loss of bone density which in turn makes a person more prone to fractures. Medical professionals suggest increasing your calcium intake by ingesting foods that are rich in calcium such as milk. They also advise on getting exposure to the sun for a good dose of vitamin D.
  • Looking out for infections: doctors advise their patients to strictly follow proper hygiene as at times some steroids can cause your body to be immune-compromised. This merely means that at times the body may be unable to cope and fight against the infections it might suffer. Maintaining good hygiene and staying away from people who are infected with a disease will help the patient stay safe till the time they are on the steroids.
  • Informing authorities before surgery: at times, patients consuming oral corticosteroids might be in the need for an urgent surgery. In this case, they need to inform the health care providers about their exact dosage of the steroids. In some cases, they might even be asked to slowly reduce the dosage until it is safe to perform surgery on them.
  • Monitoring sugar levels: just as with sodium intake, steroids can cause fluctuation in the blood sugar levels of a patient. Therefore, it is important for a patient who is on a corticosteroid dosage to monitor their blood sugar levels regularly. Avoiding foods that are high in carbohydrates and beverages that have excessive amounts of sugar is helpful.

Legal steroids have many uses and are beneficial for individuals in numerous ways. However, it is important to take care of your body and monitor your blood sugar and sodium levels. Regular checkups are also an important part of anyone underuse of steroids. Following a few precautions and taking care of your body can make the experience a good one.

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