Deca Durabolin (Nandrolone Decanoate) is probably the second most popular injectble anabolic steroid after Testosterone and it easy to see why: it is an effective bulking compound, it is relatively mild and it is also fairly inexpensive…however, when you look at the real side (and long lasting) side effects of Deca it is baffling to see why anyone would choose to run it as part of their cycle….
11 times more damaging to blood vessels than testosterone: Yes, you read that correctly, Deca is 11 times more damaging to blood vessels (as show by this study). I know most people seem to pay attention to side effects that can be viewed in a mirror (water retention, acne, hair loss etc…), but it is the internal side effects that are by far the most dangerous. All steroids will increase red blood cell count and blood pressure to some degree, both of which are of course dangerous, but add in the damaged blood vessels and you are further increasing the risk of serious internal harm.
Stays in your system for up to 18 months: Unless you are staying on indefinitely and don’t seem to acre about the serious side effects of steroid use (or abuse in this case), then you will be running a PCT at some point. It is sort of a given that you wait for your system to be clear of all steroids before commencing PCT (hence why you wait three to four weeks after a long-estered Testosterone cycle before starting PCT), however with Deca you will still have steroids in your system, and as we all know 19-Nor steroids are the hardest to recover from.
The dreaded Deca dick: A funny name, but not so funny when you have to deal with it. Why does it happen? Firstly, as most will known, Deca has some interaction with the progesterone receptor, which is something you definitely don’t want as a man. And secondly, Deca actually activates the estrogen receptor to some degree also – again something you really don’t want being male; combine the two and you’re in for a world of trouble. In addition, the 5-alpha reduced form of nandrolone known as DHN has high affinity for the androgen receptor, yet exhibits very little androgenic action (even less than deca!). It is thought that DHN may displace some DHT within the penis (DHT is needed for penile health), which in turn causes erection problems.
Those three reasons should be enough to deter any person from taking Deca and that doesn’t include the massive watery bloat that is inevitable either…
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