2605_anabolic_steroids-628x250

“I’ve been using steroids for a couple of years now. I started because I really wanted to get bigger and compete as a body builder. There are a lot of risks involved when it comes to using steroids. A lot of beginners will take only testosterone. This can result in weight gain and serious depression. I knew young guys who started taking steroids without any experience and they liked it at first because they felt pumped up and they got bigger. However, they started gaining weight and eventually got depressed. There are a lot of negative health side effects if you don’t know what you’re doing.”

Anabolic steroids is the familiar name for synthetic variants of the male sex hormone testosterone. Anabolic steroids are legally prescribed to treat conditions resulting from steroid hormone deficiency, such as delayed puberty. Steroids are also used to treat those with cancer and HIV/AIDS. However, body builders and fitness competitors may use steroids illegally to help build lean muscle mass.

There are many side effects associated with taking steroids. Side effects include weight gain, depression, kidney and liver issues, high blood pressure, acne, and aggression. Steroids are not addictive in the same sense as drugs like heroin or crack. Steroids do not trigger rapid increases in the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is responsible for euphoric feeling that drives people to continue abusing a drug. However, long-term steroid use can be habit-forming and it can eventually affect the brain pathways and chemicals that cause clinical addiction.

People will continue to use steroids because they like feeling pumped up and excited for their workout. Body builders and fitness competitors will continue to use steroids because they get bigger and grow muscle faster than without the steroids. However, steroid use and abuse is fraught with negative health side effects. Too much testosterone is bad for the body – including the heart, kidney, and liver.

Contributed by Guest Blogger Mark Soto