Steroids are constantly popping up in the news and are often subjects of heated debate. In reality, “steroids” come in many types and perform a variety of functions; however, the anabolic steroid is the most widely-known.
Anabolic steroids are synthetic hormones that mimic testosterone in the body and can lead to increased muscle bulk and reduced muscle breakdown. Most people take these drugs in hopes that they will be able to physically perform better. As you may have heard, anabolic steroids come with many risks that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Below we’ve broken down some of the major issues with steroid use so that you can make an informed decision.
Increased Muscle Mass
There is no denying that steroids increase muscle bulk and do so effectively. In fact, if you want to gain muscle mass in a extremely short time frame, steroids may be your only option.
However, the rate at which steroids increase growth is dangerous. Even a healthy heart has to increase its workload to adapt to normal muscle growth; but with muscle growing at a very fast rate, the heart is overworked over a short period of time. This can lead to heart complications and can significantly damage a person’s circulatory system.
When teenagers and young adults use steroids, the growth plates in between their bones get fused too quickly. While the person may still be gaining muscle, their size potential will be greatly reduced and they will likely be much shorter than they could have been.
This can give the appearance of being short and bulky – not exactly the look we were going for.
Shrinking family jewels
Yep, that’s right, steroids can cause tiny ball syndrome. The reason for this is simple – your testicles produce testosterone, and as they are not needed as much with increased androgens in your blood stream, they shrink.
If that doesn’t turn you off from steroid use I don’t know what would.
Ever heard the term “roid rage?” Everyone gets a little angry from time to time, but steroids have been known to kick that up a notch further. As testosterone levels increase in a person’s blood, aggression tends to follow.
This could potentially have a negative effect on your life if you say, want to date or spend time with friends regularly. Additionally, the aggression caused by increased testosterone is often irrational, leading to attacks of anger and rage for no apparent reason.
Growing a pair of your own
One of the worst effects of steroid abuse is the potential growth of mammary tissue in men. Some steroids when ingested “aromatize,” or change into a different compound, most of the time it’s estrogen that is produced. This can cause men to develop female-like breasts.
Still sound like a good idea? Steroids are dangerous and are illegal for more than just unfair play reasons. The drugs kill people and maim others, and you have to be prepared to accept the consequences if you choose to take them. My advice is leave them on the shelves and work hard to be the best you can be personally. That’s all that should really matter to you anyway.
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