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07.06.2015


This is what happens when women over 65 use oxandrolone

Women over the age of 65 start to lose muscle mass faster than men do and as a result experience more difficulty with everyday activities such as getting up out of a chair, climbing stairs and doing the shopping. Sports scientists at the University of Sydney looked at whether strength training and taking the anabolic steroid oxandrolone might help. They discovered that taking oxandrolone helped increase the amount of muscle mass gained from strength training, but it did not increase muscle power.

Study
Oxandrolone
The Australians did an experiment with 29 women aged between 65 and 90. The subjects all lived independently but suffered from sarcopenia: age-related loss of muscle mass. The experiment lasted for 12 weeks.

The researchers got all the women to do strength/resistance training three times a week. Each session lasted 45 minutes. The women did 3 sets of 8 reps for each exercise: leg press, leg extension, leg curl, triceps pushdown, calf raise and chest press. The load was 80 percent of the weight at which the women could just manage 1 rep.

Half of the women were given a placebo. The other half took 10 mg oxandrolone daily.

Results
The women in the placebo group gained barely 500 g of lean body mass. The women who took oxandrolone gained almost 3 kg in lean body mass.


This is what happens when women over 65 use oxandrolone


This is what happens when women over 65 use oxandrolone



The women in the placebo group gained half a kilogram in body fat, while the women in the oxandrolone group lost a kilogram of fat.

Although the combination of oxandrolone and training improved body composition, the women in both groups gained the same amount of muscle power. The tables below show the amount of peak power the women were capable of developing when doing the chest press and the leg press, before and after the 12 weeks.


This is what happens when women over 65 use oxandrolone


This is what happens when women over 65 use oxandrolone



When it came to standing up from sitting or walking for a certain distance, both groups performed equally at the end of the 12 weeks.

Conclusion
In this study oxandrolone contributed little to the women's daily functioning. This also needs to be set against the fact that the steroid had side effects, despite the low dosage used. The women's HDL level decreased by 35 percent and the concentration of the liver enzyme ALT in their blood rose by 63 percent.

In the women who did strength training without pharmacological support there were no changes in the cholesterol balance or in the liver enzyme concentrations.

Source:
J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2015 Apr 1;12:15.

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