by Christian Duque
The mere mention of insulin in bodybuilding has a lot of reactions. The vast majority of people know that they have to stay away from it. While it is far more anabolic than testosterone, if it gets into the wrong hands, the risks are far greater than with just about any substance used in the fitness industry. The only other class of compounds that are considered dangerous from a distance would be diuretics. However, these are usually used in the last hours of the peak week before a competition.
Insulin, on the other hand, is often used and misused in the off-season, during construction and even during competition preparation. Many men (and more muscular women) need it to build size. As with any connection, competitors have told me that the body builds up tolerance, with users needing larger amounts to achieve the same desired effects. The fact that insulin is used in different dosages all year round and is legal in many states makes the danger far greater.
When it comes to equipment, I can say that I have never heard of anyone who has died from the effects of using anabolic steroids. In fact, the first thing I can think of, if I even think about this thought, is John Romano’s voice on this special with John Stossel, where he asked, “Where are the bodies?” It was classic Romano and a very revealing open question. While some people with pre-existing medical conditions or family history have been affected by equipment, no one I know of has actually died as a direct result of it. Romano and no one else would be able to shoot the same question about insulin. Slin can lead directly to death, has led directly to death, and is without a doubt one of the most dangerous substances in the fitness industry.
Nothing grows faster than insulin. I have seen boys give all kinds of weight to their bodies, even at the expense of losing their lines, compromising their symmetry and developing a very unattractive, swollen appearance. Why would anyone want that? Well, everyone in bodybuilding wants to be taller. Greatness is king and it is something everyone is looking for. Mass monsters get a bad name because they value density rather than cuts and separation, but the truth is that even the smallest types with the best lines want size too !! Everyone wants greatness!
Apologists will argue that insulin, like antying, used in moderation and used in strategic times of a phase of mass building can help build muscle quality. For many men in particular, the combination of equipment, hardcore training and calorie scoops just takes too long. You want to achieve a crazy size in record time. If bodybuilders weren’t in a hurry to get taller, stronger, and freakier, most would stay natty indefinitely.
The bottom line is that you can get pretty gnarled with just eating and training, but you have to be willing to wait many, many years. This is a big misunderstanding about juice. Not all people who get the sauce do this because they couldn’t make the profits naturally, they just didn’t want to wait. This is also the reason why insulin is so popular because it can take years to get as big as few insulin cycles would. The guys who want to be the best are some of the most impatient characters out there!
Patience is a virtue, but everything that is done in a hurry has ramifications. At least insulin abuse can and has made perfectly healthy people diabetic. There are a number of potential risks, including heart attack, stroke, eye complications, and kidney problems. The worst risk is death, and unfortunately I have to say that insulin was the main culprit behind the deaths of many bodybuilding stars. Rumor has it that a promising champion cost his life not so long ago.
When it comes to insulin, it is often said that it needs to contain large amounts of carbohydrates, simple carbohydrates, in order to grow in size and to give insulin the ability to counteract sugar. If this important step is not followed and not done in time, it is said that users may get tired, take a nap, and fall into an insulin-induced coma. This can and has led to death.
Insulin is seriously unplayable and that’s why so many people run to the mountains when it is mentioned. Nevertheless, many swear by it and insist that you are fine as long as you know what you are doing.
It is interesting that before the mid-1990s, nobody used insulin as it is used today. Some said Dorian made it big, others attributed to Dan Duchaine, and others looked at some of the most influential coaches of the era. The bottom line is that insulin hit the scene and never went. Despite its very serious possible consequences, it is used and misused.
How do you see insulin in bodybuilding? Has it ruined sport or is it just a connection?