PIEDs: Performance & Image Enhancing Drugs

Performance and image enhancing drugs (PIEDs) are taken by people who are trying to change their appearance or enhance their sporting performance.

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Why do people use PIEDs

In the competitive world of sport – even at a local club level – people may feel pressure to be stronger, faster, bulkier or lighter.

For many people who use PIEDs, body image is the main motivation. With desirable effects on physique, and improved self-esteem and confidence, people who use these drugs can develop a psychological dependence.

For professional athletes, gaining an advantage in physical strength and size can be the main reason for use.

The expected benefits of using these substances may include:

  • Increasing the size and definition of muscles
  • Reducing water retention
  • Reducing body fat
  • Increasing strength and endurance
  • Helping the body recover quicker from injury.

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