Haryana: Anabolic steroids found in food supplements

Excessive consumption of these chemicals may lead to serious physical and mental ailments

Hisar (Haryana): In a shocking revelation, food supplements being sold by several outlets in the city were found to contain anabolic steroids. A chemical analysis of many pre- and post-workout food supplements, done by the state food and drugs department, showed that the manufacturers had laced them with steroids. This fact was not mentioned in the list of contents of the food supplements and they carried Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) mark.

Stamina boosters

Anabolic steroids may boost stamina in the short-term but, lead to serious ailments, including cancer, kidney failure and blindness in the long run. Dr Ajay Mahajan, former secretary of the state IMA said that steroids are addictive and reduce the body’s capacity to fight diseases.

Steroids can only be sold on prescription and that too by firms having drug licence. Violation may invite jail term of up to 5 years under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, besides a fine of Rs 1 lakh.

The samples were taken from Manjhui Food and Supplements, Shanti Market and Protein Fitness, Deep Nagar.The department has issued notices to the sellers and the manufacturers of the food supplements, asking them to show cause as to why they should not be prosecuted.

What are anabolic steroids?

Anabolic steroids are synthetic variations of the male sex hormone testosterone. The proper term for these compounds is anabolic-androgenic steroids. Anabolic refers to muscle building, and androgenic refers to increased male sex characteristics. Abuse of anabolic steroids may lead to mental problems, such as paranoid (extreme, unreasonable) jealousy, extreme irritability, delusions—false beliefs or ideas and impaired judgment. The abuse may also lead to serious, even permanent, health problems such as kidney problems or failure, liver damage, enlarged heart, high blood pressure, and changes in blood cholesterol, all of which increase the risk of stroke and heart attack, even in young people.

(Story: Bhupesh Mathuria)

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