Do Steroids Pose A Short Term Risk? The British Medical Journal Says So

Do Steroids Pose A Short Term Risk? The British Medical Journal Says So

According to new research by the British Medial Journal, even short term oral steroid use can cause harmful effects that were not understood beforehand by medical professionals.

It has always been known the risks that long term use of corticosteroids posed, yet the short term risks weren’t available to hand.

What are corticosteroids used for?

Corticosteroids are commonly used to treat issues such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory related conditions notwithstanding muscular pain (when I used epistane I experienced rapid muscle recovery).

The researchers led by Author Dr. Akbar K. Waljee, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Michigan, looked at the records of over 1.5 million adult Americans who were aged between eighteen and sixty-four.

Over one fifth of them were treated for ailments by taking steroid pills for a duration of one month or less.

Each of the patients’ progress and health was monitored up to five months prior to the steroid being prescribed and then they were monitored during the month that they were taking the oral steroid.

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What happened next shocked the researchers…

Well, no, it did not shock them at all but it was interesting to note that even on low doses the patients had four times the risk of sepsis which is a blood infection, the suffered a triple risk of blood clots and may have suffered bone fractures twice more likely than had they not been taking the steroid.

These risks increased with an increase of the dose.

It seems, as with most drugs used to treat ailments, they can also have unwanted side effects and it is a balance of risk.

However, the general consensus that oral steroids used for short periods of time were safe has now been quashed due to the research carried out by the BMJ.

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Ben BA(Hons), PGCert

Ben established this site to be a free resource in 2015. Since then it has gained over half a million visits. He has always been interested in sport and he started playing rugby at the age of 6 represented his town, county and school. Ben also enjoys cycling, has started skiing and is in the Army Reserve representing his Regiment as part of the 150 Regimental Shooting Team. He holds a bachelor's and postgraduate degree in sport exercise & nutrition.

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