Steroids could benefit athletes for months, maybe years
October 31 , 2013
A new study from Norway shows that steroids could give athletes a competitive advantage for way longer than previously believed.
It was found that mice rapidly regrew 30 percent of muscle mass three months after the withdrawal of the drug. Mice who didn't take any drugs, on the other hand, gained only 6 percent.
Three months is a long time for mice considering their average lifespan.
The study raises the question of how long these athletes should be suspending for after they are caught taking drugs. Today, such bans last for about two to four years but that might not be enough. "If it is sufficient to build muscle mass, I think it would be sufficient to give you this long-term effect," the leader of the study said. "I think it could last 10 years but I don't have the data to back that up. It would be my speculation."