Anabolic steroids were created in the late 1930's, primarily to treat hypogonadism; at condition in which the testes do not produce the sufficient amount of testosterone for normal growth, development and sexual functioning. The primary medical uses of these compounds are to treat delayed puberty, some types of impotence, and wasting of the body caused by HIV infection or other diseases.
The paragraph above should be enough for anyone, to show anabolic steroids should be used by professional athletes. So, why do people continue to "Juice" their bodies up? The answer is money. If not for steroids, do you really think salaries in baseball would be as high as they are? "They" say that steroid use is no higher than it was in previous years but I don't believe that.
1991 was the first year the NIDA conducted high school surveys determining how many high school students used steroids. The figure in 1991 was 1.8 percent of sophomores and 2.1 percent of seniors had used steroids recently. In 1999, another survey was done and the results were staggering to find that 2.9 percent of both sophomores and seniors had used steroids. This level of increase can be blamed due to how public steroid use has become in the last ten years.
It is obvious that steroids will never become legal due to their high potential for abuse, but people continue to use them in rising numbers. They believe that if they are controlled they can use steroids responsibly and there will be no side effects. Do these people even know what they're messing with? Many claim to be educated on the drug which makes it okay to use them. How can they really be educated when there is so much not known about the effects. The only people I feel are educated on how to use such a drug are doctors and they do not even claim to know about the long term effects of steroid use.
In a study of male bodybuilders, more than half had testicular atrophy and gynecosmastia....