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Pros and Cons of Steroids

Sporting community has been availing Steroids for more than half century now and the usage has been continued even now more because of the excess pressure on athletes to perform. Steroids have been developed in during late 1930 actually to treat Hypogonadism. This is a medical condition in which there are lower levels of testosterone produced in the body resulting in developmental and sexual problems in men. Steroids are the drugs that are variants of the testosterone that stimulated, through various hormonal pathways, tissue building and energy producing and masculine characters.

Steroids can be classified as anabolic and androgenic. Anabolic steroids assist in body building while androgenic steroids assist in promoting masculinity. The effects of androgenic steroids are experienced by males during puberty while anabolic steroids enhance protein synthesis and thus affecting the muscle mass building. It is these type of steroids that athletes and bodybuilders desire.

As per the recent studies they have two different concepts regarding steroids. For any kind of drug there would be certain uses and disadvantages. Steroids also have pros and cons for its use.

Anabolic Steroids are man made steroids which helps in increasing male hormones. The only legal way to get these steroids is through physician’s prescription. These are not available across the counter. A doctor usually prescribes this drug when adolescent boys experience delay in puberty and for men with lower levels of testosterones.

Except for the reason mentioned above, these steroids are used and most often abused by the bodybuilders and athletes to build body mass. Basically they abuse this for different reasons like to boost up their self esteem, to improve confidence and more basic thing like attracting female counterpart.

The good part of the steroid use is, it gives faster results and works amazingly well within short period of time. They would make one look thinner, bigger, stronger and would give much better endurance with in weeks of use. One might be able to lift 210 for 6 repetitions. It would help one look very manly and very attractive and that too in a very short period of time. If taken under the supervision of the physician it would is very effective and a very useful drug.

The bad part of these steroids is very scary. The initial effect is heavy patchy hair loss. Continuous use of steroids leads to mood swing and depression. It would also affect liver leading to severe liver damage. It would also affect the sexual organ like testicle shrinkage, infertility, reduced sperm count, high risk of prostate cancer and development of breasts. It also increases the risk of HIV and Hepatitis in case of needle sharing. As a result of all this there would be other problems like decreased academic and athletic performance, bad influence on personal relationships, end of athletic career etc,. With all this going wrong, there would very negative effect on the attitude and all this might finally result in death. There are many such cases seen in athletes these days.

Any drug is useful if it is used in the correct way. Any drug abused is harmful to the body. The same applies to steroids also. It is a wonderful drug to assist few people with deficiency. However, abusing it might give short term happiness and fulfillment but would ultimately lead to lot of suffering and sometimes might lead to death. So just think twice if it is worth it!

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