Dianabol is a relatively strong estrogenic anabolic steroid due to the moderate level of aromatase activity it carries. While its aromatase activity is only moderate, this conversion actually leads Methandrostenolone to be converted to methylestradiol rather than estradiol, which is far more powerful than estradiol. This can make side effects like gynecomastia and water retention very possible with this steroid; in fact, they can appear seemingly overnight. Heavy water retention can also promote high blood pressure, which Dianabol is notorious for causing. Such effects can be controlled, and when it comes to high blood pressure this is something you’ll need to put some effort into ensuring does not become a problem.
In order to combat the estrogenic side effects of Dianabol, anti- estrogens are commonly recommended when supplementing with this steroid. You have two choices in anti-estrogens, Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators (SERM’s) like Nolvadex ( Tamoxifen Citrate ) and Aromatase Inhibitors (AI’s) like Femara ( Letrozole ). SERM’s can be enough for some men and should be your first choice if they can get the job done. However, AI’s will be far more effective as they will directly inhibit aromatization and reduce serum estrogen levels. Unfortunately, AI’s can negatively affect cholesterol, as can Dianabol, and when conjoined this can prove potentially problematic. If an AI is used cholesterol management will be a priority, and it will be possible. However, SERM’s, while not always as effective will actually promote healthier cholesterol levels due to their estrogenic like activity in the liver.
It is very interesting how insanely complex the human body is. For an example, I will use a typical time that the body goes into a catabolic state: nighttime/morning. Often times people will finish their dinner around mid-evening, let’s say 7pm and will maybe have some junk snack such as a bowl of ice cream and then hit the sack. Due to not having any protein since dinner [if you even had any then], then the ice cream not lasting very long as energy in your body, you will go to bed & a couple hours into sleeping, your body will actually run out of energy. Once it runs out of energy to burn, it may tap into fat cells, but shortly after will begin panicking that it may be getting starved and will tap into what it feels is a much better source of energy: muscle. [You should consume casein protein to combat this.]