Anabolic Steroids Abuse -

Anabolic steroids are steroids which are used to treat different diseases. These steroids are legal steroids which mean that one cannot buy or purchase these steroids without the prescription of a doctor. Apart from that these steroids are also used by bodybuilders and weightlifters for the purpose of enhancing their body mass and their muscle mass. These steroids are strictly banned to be used by sportsmen. This ban has been in place by most of the sporting organizations in the world. If any player is tested positive for using any of the anabolic steroids then there are strict punishments for them.

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Using the steroids other than the doctor’s prescription is known as steroid abuse. Major reason for using steroids other than doctor’s prescription is to enhance the performance in a much lesser time as enhancing performance in a proper way. According to a research it is said that most of the adolescents are involved in abusing steroids. Major reason which came out from the research is that the adolescents use steroid to enhance their performance in different activities of sports. Steroid abuse is also found in adolescents who like risky behaviors such as drinking and after drinking driving the car, which is banned according to law. It is also found in research that steroid abuse is more in men as compared to women but now days more and more women are also starting using steroids. Bodybuilders are mostly found to abuse Steroids. Other sportsmen also abuse steroids but bodybuilders are on the top of the list. Major reason behind this is to gain a lot and gain quickly in muck lesser time.

Where sportsmen use it for their development purpose there are lot of side effects in steroid abuse. Some of the major side effects associated with abuse of anabolic steroids are given below:

  • When you take steroids, it increases the level of androgen and this increase gives rise to the fusing of bone plates. When the bone plates are fused there growth comes to zero or it can make the growth very slow.
  • When the anabolic steroid users take steroids with the help of injections then there are increased chances of diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis. The reason is, as the users do not have often proper facilities of using clean needles for injections so it can cause these diseases.
  • Losing of skull hair is a common side effect and along with it male pattern baldness can also be observed. As it decreases hair on skull, it increases the hair growth on other body parts as well.
  • As you take steroids which are basically hormones so the natural production of hormones in the body comes to a stop and as a result testicles in men get shrink.
  • Blood Pressure and cholesterol levels (bad type Cholesterol) can be increased. On the other hand good type cholesterol level decreases.
  • Steroid usage can make the user very aggressive and psychologically a person becomes addicted to the steroids.
  • Steroid abuse may cause the left ventricle of the heart to increase and chances of heart attack are also increased. It can also cause toxicity in the liver as well.
  • Water retention in the user is increased and so are the chances of stroke.
  • Prostates often gets enlarged and so as the breasts in males. This enlargement of breasts in males is known as Gynecomastia.
  • Some types of steroids causes some instability in the sexual functionality and this thing can lead to infertility.
  • Women can have menstrual irregularities and increase in size of clitoris.