Some people just love to use shortcuts to get to the top. This might prompt some cycling amateurs to use drugs to enhance their cycling capabilities. Even the professionals might still use drugs to ensure they keep staying at the top always. All these activities have led to the increase in doping in cycling. In the past, we could only hear of such cases in the marathon races, but doping has now found itself in the cycling world too.
The users of these doping agents are aware of the risks, but sometimes they tend to ignore them. For those who did not know, below are some of the health dangers associated with doping.
You could die from doping
Most doping agents will stimulate the bone marrow to produce the erythropoietin (EPO) hormone. The hormone is responsible for boosting the red blood cells in the body. You will now get more oxygen and energy delivered to the muscles, giving all the strength needed to finish the race. The problem comes in when you have too much EPO in the body. The too many red blood cells present will make the blood to thicken and slow it down in the veins. All this will lead to a slowed heartbeat for a person who loves using the doping agents. Slowed heart functionality might just end up stopping at some point leading to death.
Reported cases of heart attacks, blood clots and strokes
Since your blood has thickened, it is highly likely that you will have several cases of heart attacks, strokes and blood clots in the veins. Blood clots make it hard to control the levels of hematocrit levels in the blood volume. The worst happens when cycling in a race. The levels of hematocrit increase as the blood volume going down. Such cases will easily lead to heart attacks within a few weeks of doping.
Cases of increased blood pressure
Blood pressure is still as a result of having too much EPO hormone in the body. Most of the time the thickened blood proves to be hard to pump to different places by the heart. Soon or later, there will be too much blood pressure in the body. The cases of hypertension are not pleasing; sometimes it would mean the end of a career for any cyclist. Hypertension still has several negative effects on the body too.
Weakens the body’s ability to deal with cancer
The EPO present in the doping agents will still have some adverse effects on the body. A new discovery has shown that too much EPO will degrade the immune system of a person. The immune system will no longer have the capability of identifying and eliminating the cancer cells. The cancer cells will find it easier to thrive under such conditions if the cyclist does not stop doping soon enough.
Weird substances are sold as EPO
Sometimes the manufacturers might just come up with a scam claiming to offer EPO, but it is a different substance. Most cyclists who are into doping would not necessarily want to know what they are taking, so long as it works for them. Be on the lookout for some dangerous substances that might claim to help you in cycling better.
As a cyclist, doping should not define your career. There is always the chance of taking the long road to success and still live to enjoy what you have accomplished rather than using doping agents.