Steroids are a form of performance enhancing drugs that are banned through out the sporting world and illegal in most countries. They have been used since Ancient Greece but the present form came into being in the 1930’s. They have a similar effect in the body as that of testosterones. The steroids can be taken in 4 ways. There are Oral Pills, Skin Patches, Injectable Steroids and creams/gels to apply on the area. Medical - Although they are meant to be used as medical treatments for cancer and other diseases. Bone marrow stimulation, growth stimulation and male contraception therapies. They are also widely used by body-builders and athletes to stimulate muscle growth and increase performances as well as to recover from injuries. The steroids can be taken in 4 ways. There are Oral Pills, Skin Patches, Injectable Steroids and creams/gels to apply on the area.
The Adverse Effects
They can weaken the immune system. Overdose can lead to high blood pressure, increased cholesterol levels. There is a risk of heart related diseases. Can lead to acne and baldness in both males and females. Can cause liver damage. Infertility in both males and females as well as defected child birth. Psychiatric – Aggression, mania, psychosis and suicidal tendency have been related with overuse. Dependency on the substance, mood disorders and progressions to other forms of drugs are linked to drug abuse as well. A 2006 study of two pairs of identical twins, in which one twin used anabolic steroids and the other did not, found that in both cases the steroid-using twin exhibited high levels of aggressiveness, hostility, anxiety, and paranoid ideation not found in the "control" twin.
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