Palumboism: Everything You Need To Know About Roid Gut

Palumboism or more commonly known as bodybuilder bubble gut is a rare condition that mainly affects bodybuilders due to stacking certain types of androgenic and anabolic steroids. We’re going to talk more about what bodybuilder bubble gut is and how to avoid it.

What Is Bodybuilding Bubble Gut

Palumboism is a condition named after legendary bodybuilder Dave Palumbo. Palumboism occurs when the oblique muscles of the abdomen thicken and distend making it difficult for a bodybuilder to hold in their stomach, or rectus abdominas muscles.

Palumboism, is also referred by many other names such as

  • Roid Gut
  • Bodybuilding Bubble Gut
  • Steroid Bubble Gut
  • Insulin Gut
  • HGH Gut
  • Muscle Gut

How Does Roid Gut Occur

Palumboism is thought to occur mainly from the misuse and abuse of anabolic steroids, insulin, and human growth hormone (HGH). Added stress, fatigue, along with a high carb and high calorie diet is also thought to be contributing factors [R]. Unfortunately, there is not enough evidence or research that shows exactly what anabolic steroids and combinations are responsible for bubble gut, but merely anecdotal evidence.

However, studies have shown that it is possible that features of acromegaly may become apparent with prolonged use of human growth hormone at higher doses than those used therapeutically.

Additional long-term effects may include fluid retention, which may lead to ankle swelling, hypertension, headache, diabetes, and cardiomyopathy. There is also a potential for increased risk of certain cancers; including colorectal, thyroid, breast, and prostate cancer [R].

How To Treat Or Avoid Roid Gut

Considering there are no studies or research on roid gut, there are no therapeutic or developed treatments. If you want to avoid getting bubble or roid gut, then you should cease the use of any

  • Non-prescribed insulin
  • Human growth hormone
  • and/or mixing anabolic steroids with insulin or HGH 

Palumboism: Takeaway

If you want to avoid Palumboism and a distended gut, then you should refrain from using, or mixing anabolic steroids with human growth hormone and insulin. HGH and insulin misuse can result in severe physical alteration, such as roid gut and can be avoided.    


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