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What are anabolic agents and why are they banned?

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What are anabolic agents and why are they banned?

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Anabolic agents are substances which might assist in muscle growth (“anabolic”). The most common type are anabolic androgenic steroids (such as nandrolone and stanozolol) which are synthetic chemicals designed to simulate the hormone testosterone, which provides “anabolic” (building) and “androgenic” (masculinizing) effects. “Natural” steroids, including testosterone itself, are also banned. Other substances in the anabolic agents class, which are not steroids, are beta 2 agonists the most potent being clenbuterol. Other examples such as salbutamol (Ventolin) are permitted for the treatment of asthma but with some restrictions. Using anabolic agents to enhance athletic performance may carry serious health risks and goes against the spirit of sport.

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