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
54reactions 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. 

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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