Dead Body Builders
Here's what you need to know about the dangers of bodybuilding. Becoming a top-level bodybuilder requires the use of many powerful drugs that are been linked to early death. Anabolic steroids and other uses of drugs have led to health issues. We are now seeing the consequences of this usage on bodybuilders from the 90s and early 2000's.
In the 1980s, Dr. Robert Goldman asked top-level athletes if they would accept a deal with the devil if that guaranteed victory in every competition they entered but guaranteed their death within five years. He found that the majority of athletes would accept the deal and it became known as the" Goldmans Dilemma". Champion bodybuilders are known only to a small community. Abuse of anabolic steroids, growth hormone, insulin and diuretics are some of the major factors responsible for these lean muscular corpses. Matarazzo had an open-heart surgery at 38,a heart attack at 41 and died at 47. He was at his competitive peak and was called a mass monster and claimed to eat 7 pounds of red meat per day. He was one of the few pros who talked openly about what he felt was the underlying cause the level of anabolic steroids and related drugs to become a professional. Bodybuilders have died from some variation of natural causes before they hit 40 years old.
Typically when a bodybuilder dies the response is that they had a pre-existing condition and they would have died either way. The big question is are these pre-existing conditions made worse by excessive drug use? There certainly cases where this could be true.
Bodybuilding began to separate from physical fitness in the 50s. Building muscle gradually became a greater goal than athleticism, strength and power. Anabolic steroids found their way into the gyms in the 60s. It may be more accurate to say that steroids don't kill people but abusing steroids do. Other drugs such as insulin, HGH and diuretics gain traction in the 90s and they have a great risk to reward ratio.
In the 90s bodybuilding saw a shift in the ideal physique. Dorian Yates set a new standard and introduce the term mass monster. This is someone with deep definition with extremely low body fat. Not every Pro has issues but there are enough top ranking pros that struggle to draw some conclusions. One can make a connection to those that have used steroids and cardiovascular function. Studies suggest they have a higher mortality rate compared to natural lifters. Steroid use can also be a valid and significant factor in heart - related death.
Other professional athletes who have physical wear and tear in contact sports can also be contributing factors. Performance-enhancing drugs are often common in professional sports such as baseball, football, soccer and the MMA. Professional athletes seek every possible advantage in the recovery method shouldn't surprise us.
The mortality rate among active pro-wrestlers was 3 to 4 times more likely than the general population to die between 30 and 50 years old. Cardiovascular disease and drug overdose found to cause an overwhelming majority of the deaths.
Mortality rates among NFL players were almost half as likely to die as non-athletes. These football players were associated with higher rates of neurological and musculoskeletal disease.
30 years ago the average nonprofessional athlete was uninterested in using steroids. But today if you walk into a weight room you will see a handful of users. The average lifter wants to look better.
Here's a list of a few of the top professional athletes who all died at a young age. Mike Matarazzo died at 47. Dan Puckett died at 22. Scott Klein died at 30. Trevor Smith died at 30. And the list could go on and on.