McGwire has accomplished much during this past season and
has become a hero to sports fans of many ages. Although it takes
great skill and talent to get as far as McGwire did with his
career, he may have had a little help from a strength enhancing
drug called Andro.
Andro is a testosterone-boosting drug. The full name of this
drug is Androstendione. Andro is also said to be a dietary supplement,
because it is found in meats and some plant extracts. An average
dose of this drug is 100mg. which increases the testosterone
levels between 211% and 237%. The drug is taken approximately
45 minutes before exercise and will be effective for an hour
after it has been consumed.
Although Mark McGwire has not shown any harmful side affects
from the drug at this time, the long-term effects could be harmful.
It could cause tissue damage, heart defects, or abnormal production
of testosterone in his body.
Although Andro is a legal drug in major league baseball, there
is a controversy of whether it is right or wrong to take this
drug to enhance strength and performance. Some people believe
that it is okay to take this drug since it is legal and does
not have any harmful side effects that are seen immediately.
Yet there are also many people who believe that McGwire is
setting a bad example by taking Andro. Some of his fans, especially
children, might think that it is okay to take drugs to make you
stronger and faster. After all, he did break a world record.