Anabolic steroids shrink the brain

Weightlifters now have another reason to avoid anabolic steroids after researchers found the drugs are associated with cerebral atrophy.

It’s well known that anabolic-androgenic steroids (ASS) are linked to cardiovascular and psychiatric complications, but this latest investigation shows brain volume and cortical thickness can also be affected.

This can lead to accelerated brain ageing, cognitive decline and dementia, as well as raising the risk of psychiatric problems.

Analysis of MRI brain images from 82 users and non-users showed significant differences in brain volume between the two groups.

“Compared with the non-ASS using weightlifters, the ASS group had thinner cortex in widespread regions and significantly smaller neuroanatomical