New Delhi: Twenty-eight-year-old Dev Luthra desired perfect six-pack abs before his marriage. An overdose of steroids promising to tone his physique in no time led to the swelling of his brain and, within months, the young company secretary was dead.According to experts, an ever-increasing number of physique-conscious boys and men are taking anabolic steroids to buff their bodies for several reasons like an aspiration to join showbiz or, like Luthra, to impress the other sex."Having a toned body is a fad nowadays for youth and because of this, the number of youth taking supplements is on the rise," said Rommel Tickoo, senior consultant (Internal Medicine) at Max Hospital.Tickoo said that anabolic steroids are not meant for body building because their prolonged use without supervision can affect the liver and kidneys and can cause other serious harms.Agreed V.M. Katoch, director general of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR): "Using steroids for building muscles is not only wrong but is illegal."
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