Deca Durabolin has become one of the most widely used steroid compounds within the last thirty years due to it’s ability to provide large gains in muscle mass, relieve joint pain and actually help the immune system. Another benefit of Deca Durabolin for bodybuilding is that it doesn’t seem to have many side effects due to the fact that it won’t convert to estrogen in the system to the degree that many other steroids do.
This is not to say that Deca doesn’t have its issues. For one thing, in order to be effective for bodybuilders, Deca needs to be taken for at least 12 weeks at a time. Deca must also be taken in conjunction with testosterone since the body’s natural production of testosterone will drop. Once a Deca cycle has run its course, testosterone should continue to be taken. Known side effects of taking Deca are acne and water retention.
“Deca” as Deca Durabolin is most often called, is extremely popular around the globe. It has gained a reputation for exhibiting some very favorable properties. Its chemical structure is very close to the chemical structure of testosterone, just lacking in a single carbon atom located at the 19th position, which has earned it the name “19-nortestosterone”. Due to this Deca provides a much milder androgenic effect than testosterone does. Deca is only somewhat androgenic, but occasionally a woman will experience the symptoms of virilization. When this is a concern it is recommended that the women take Nandrolone Durabolin instead, as it’s a shorter acting drug and therefore safer. It only stays active in the body for several days, which greatly reduces androgenic buildup when withdrawal is indicated.
When men take Deca Durabolin they need to be concerned about their level of testosterone, especially if taking in a cycle of long duration. To combat this it is necessary to use an ancillary drug at the end of the Deca cycle for bodybuilding. Clomid or Nolvadex are commonly used for this purpose since both are estrogen antagonists. Both these drugs are effective in stimulating the natural production of testosterone, although it may take awhile, maybe two weeks before the effects are apparent. As an extra precaution HCG injections may be helpful as this will act to quickly restore the testes’ normal ability to respond to the resumed natural release of gonadotropins. What’s interesting is that Nandrolone does not break down and transform into a stronger metabolite in androgen target tissues. This is one of the main problems with testosterone. Nandrolone does in fact undergo a reduction through the 5-alpha reductase enzyme that’s responsible for producing DHT from testosterone, but dihydronandrolone is produced in this case.
This is a weaker metabolite than Nandroloness, from which it is derived, and therefore much less likely to bring about negative androgenic side effects in the user. Very rarely will you see strong cases of acne or oily skin, excessive body or facial hair and/or hair loss. This doesn’t mean that androgenic activity doesn’t ever occur because, like with any steroid, it can happen. However when it happens with Nandrolone it is usually due to taking higher doses than recommended.
Deca Durabolin also demonstrates a lot less tendency for converting to estrogen. When you compare this with testosterone, you will see only about 20% as much conversion. This is due to the fact that although the liver does convert Nandrolone to Estradiol, when Nandrolone is injected into adipose tissue the conversion is far less likely. This means that side effects related to estrogen are a lot less of a concern with Nandrolone. Because of this an anti-estrogen drug is rarely needed and the likelihood of developing gynecomastia is only a concern for very sensitive bodybuilders.
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Water retention is not usually a concern with this drug either which means that mass gains for bodybuilders will be permanent and will not disappear after a few weeks. It does happen, but when it does it is more often than not a result of taking higher dosages. If you add Nolvadex and Proviron this should take care of the matter however.
Deca has very clearly demonstrated itself to be very safe when compared to other steroids. When everything, including side effects and results, is considered many believe that Deca is the best overall steroid for males. It is also interesting to note that there have been studies on HIV patients that have shown the effectives of Deca in safely adding lean body weight to patients as well as helping to strengthen the immune system of those with HIV. Notable as well is that Nandrolone seems to act as a progestin in the body’s system. Since progesterone is a c-19 steroid, when you remove this group of steroids, as with a 19-norprogesterone, the result is a hormone that binds more strongly with the corresponding receptors. Because the 19-noranabolic steroids including Trenbolone share this trait, they seem to have an affinity for binding with progesterone receptors too. This factor may cause some progestin-like reactions in the body and possibly intensify the associated side effects.
The side effects related to progesterone are in fact very similar to the side effects of estrogen, including inhibiting the production of testosterone, increased rate of storing fat and the possibility of developing gynecomastia. It is commonly believed that the progestin-like activity of Deca does contribute to the suppression of the production of testosterone, which can be considerable even though there is a diminished tendency of Deca converting to estrogen. This is what makes it so well suited to use Deca Durabolin for bodybuilding.