Dangers of Anabolic Steroids


In the past three decades, steroids has been becoming a 
serious problem more than ever in the athletic field. Steroids are
anabolic drug "to build" growth hormones that include the androgens 
(male sex hormones) principally testosterone and estrogen and 
progestogens (female sex hormones). Steroids were first developed for 
medical purposes. They're used in controlling inflammation, 
strengthening weakened hearts, preventing conception, and alleviating 
symptoms of arthritis and asthma. Unfortunately research has shown 
that steroids have been abused in almost every kind of sport. Although 
steroids contribute to a muscular body, usage should remain illegal 
because they physically deteriorate and mentally destroy the body.

 Many people are fascinated about steroids because of their 
ability to build up the body. Whether taken by injection or the pill 
it increases strength and endurance. Steroids also help in the healing 
process of muscular tissue by first injuring them, then the muscles 
heal quicker adding more fiber increasing their bulk. Many athletes 
turn to steroids more often because they're cheaper then marijuana or 
cocaine. A ten week cycle of testosterone cypinate and methandrostone 
costs only about one hundred dollars. Steroids are also very hard to 
trace because of their water base composition. They can pass through 
the body within two days. All these benefits of steroids help an 
athletes become more competitive and increase their chance of being a 
winner. Of course everybody wants better biceps and triceps but when 
using steroids to achieve this goal there is a large price to pay.

 However, steroids should remain illegal because they 
physically deteriorate the whole body system. When injected one risks
the chances of developing hematoma and contracting AIDS. In women 
steroids contribute to the growth of facial hair, enlargements of the 
clitoris, shrinkage of the uterus, sterility, deepening of the voice, 
decrease in breast size and irregularity of the menstrual cycle. In 
men steroids cause shrinkage of the testicles, decrease in sperm 
count, sterility, impotence, prostate enlargement and growth of female 
breast. In both men and women hair loss, liver ailments, acne, 
atherosierosis and cancer are very common. This dangerous drug 
shortens the life span up to twenty years and increases the chance of 
obtaining diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and hypertension. The side 
effects and reactions from enduring anabolic steroids are endless.

 Along with the physical problems there are also mental 
reactions associated with the usage of steroids. This drug becomes
very addictive and damaging to the mind. It causes violent episodes 
which an athlete can claim a legal insanity defense to it. They get so 
wrapped up psychologically that the negative effects doesn't matter to 
them. Research has also discovered that steroids cause psychotic side 
effects sometimes referred to as "roid mania". Along with these are 
wild aggressive, combative behavior, depression, listlessness and 
delusions during and after performance. Even though the game is over 
athletes want to continue competing. Steroids mentally destroy the 
brain and ability to reason.

 Overall the usage of steroids is very damaging to the human 
body. Even though it physically builds up the body for better
performance the risks of use are enormous. Steroids physically 
deteriorate and mentally destroy the body. The usage of steroids 
provides an unfair advantage to non-user athletes and therefore should 
remain illegal for non-medical use.


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