Steroids and the dangers of Anabolic System

July 16th, 2008 - 9:02 am ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

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“Steroids” is also classified as an anabolic and corticosteroids. Corticosteroids, are drugs that doctors prescribe to help control inflammation in the body. They are used to help control conditions like asthma. Unlike anabolic steroids that receive so much media attention for their use by some athletes and bodybuilders.

Anabolic steroids are hormones which boosts the body’s ability to produce muscle and prevent a muscle breakdown. Some athletes take steroids to improve their ability to run faster, lift heavier weights, and jump higher. In the United States, it is against the law to use anabolic steroids without a prescription.

Androstenedione /”andro,” is a kind of anabolic steroid taken by athletes who want to build muscle. This kind of drug can lead to certain health problems.

Dangers of Anabolic Steroids

Steroids are dangerous for two reasons: they are illegal, and they can damage a person’s health, especially if consumed in large doses. The health problem won’t appear but will come up after a certain period of time.

Though the drug might help build muscles but steroids can also produce a very serious side effects. Using steroids for a long time can negatively affect the reproductive system.

Steroids taken for an extended period of time also can cause:

* stunted growth in teens (by causing bones to mature too fast and stop growing at an early age)
* liver tumors
* abnormal enlargement of the heart muscles
* violent, aggressive behavior and mood swings
* blood lipid abnormalities that contribute to heart disease
* acne (or a worsening of acne)
* irreversible stretch marks
* a heightened tendency for hair loss and male-pattern baldness
* muscle aches

These warning signs of steroids:

* exaggerated mood swings
* worsening acne
* unusually greasy skin with stretch marks
* a sudden increase in muscle size

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