PEDs Offer A Lifelong Advantage
Even after PED use is stopped some of the advantages stay with you for life.
We all know using a PED can provide a drastic benefit during use, what most don't know is some benefits never actually stop. If you saw our last post on 'Muscle Memory' it starts to make more sense.
One of the main benefits of steroid/PED use is the rapid increase in muscle size and strength. In basic terms, the use of anabolic steroids can add more cells (nuclei) to the muscle, and enhance muscle fiber size. These nuclei remain for life.
This has been studied as well. Norwegian scientists roided out some mice with testosterone and found that three months after the drug was withdrawn, their muscles grew by 30% after six days of exercise. A control group of mice saw growth of just 6% in the same time period.
Mice obviously aren't humans but the same evidence appeared in human studies as well. Swedish researchers found:
"The researchers found that several years after anabolic steroid withdrawal, and with no or low current strength-training, the muscle fiber area intensity, the number of nuclei per fiber in the quadriceps was still comparable to that of athletes that were currently performing high intensity strength-training. They also discovered that the shoulder-neck fiber areas were comparable to high-intensity trained athletes and the number of nuclei per fiber was even higher than found in the current steroid-using group."
“Based on the characteristics between doped and non-doped power lifters, we conclude that a period of anabolic steroid usage is an advantage for a power lifter in competition, even several years after they stop taking a doping drug.”
So while someone can technically be "clean" from PED use, any past use will almost definitely benefit them after and likely for life.