The recently released death report of the diseased bodybuilder star, Rich Piana, reveals that he snorted lines of pre-workout powder the way cocaine-addicted people often do. Even though the autopsy signaled towards heart failure, the death report accessed by TMZ sports has blamed workout supplements for his death that could have stemmed from an excessive consumption of steroids.
Piana collapsed in his Florida apartment on Aug. 7, 2017 and was subsequently placed on a medically induced coma. However, he died on Aug. 25, at the age of 46. The emergency services found at least 20 bottles of steroids and crushed powder in his apartment at the time of his collapse. Her girlfriend had confirmed that the workout powder was a high-caffeine booster.
Piana was introduced to weightlifting at the age of 11 and participated in the first bodybuilding championship at the age of 15. However, several unsuccessful attempts and the need to maintain body image as per industry standards drove him towards steroids. There was no looking back since then. By the time he was through his high school, he would reportedly do a bench press of about 315 pounds, which shot to 405 pounds after he started using steroids. Piana was a hugely celebrated bodybuilder due to his physique and kind demeanor.
Piana spent a massive £1,926 ($2,500) on his growth hormone supplements every month, with steroids topping the list. Despite this, he would advocate staying away from drugs and being natural, even when it came to steroids. “If you have the choice to stay natural or do steroids, stay natural. There’s no reason to do steroids, you’re only hurting your body, you’re hurting yourself,” he said. However, he failed to practice what he preached.
The autopsy report also revealed that at the time of his death, his liver was enlarged. He was not the only famous bodybuilder to have allegedly died of excessive intake of steroids. In 2014, bodybuilder Mike Matarazzo died of a heart attack at the age of 47 due to excessive steroid use.
Bodybuilders consume steroids either orally or intramuscularly through injections. Anabolic steroids have a tendency to produce synthetic testosterone in the body, which is naturally produced by the pituitary gland. The brain sends signals to the body to start producing testosterone when it’s low. However, artificially produced excessive testosterone leads to muscle mass and the gland forgets to function at the normal rate. Athletes and bodybuilders keep abusing these steroids to stay in the business. This can have significant side effects, such as prostrate and liver cancer, high blood pressure and heart disease.
Help to stay away from steroids
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), steroid abuse can have negative health consequences for both males and females. In males, it can cause acne, breast enlargement, baldness, shrinking of testicles and infertility, whereas in females, it can cause excessive growth of body hair, enlargement of the clitoris and baldness. In both men and women, steroids can cause heart failure, liver tumor, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, short stature, mania and even delusions.
Piana was aware that he was hurting his body and mind by continuing to abuse steroids, but he never cared to go the natural way, which he often advocated for others. Had he sought medical intervention for his addiction, he could have come out of it and sailed smoothly.
A lot of people adopt harmful ways to get the desired look and enhance their career. One must understand that by messing up the natural mechanism of the body, the person sets the stage for multiple problems. The best course of action is to take the healthy route and reach out for professional help.
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