What are bodybuilding steroids?
Bodybuilding steroids, in the parlance of medicine, are synthetic variations of male sex testosterone. Many health care experts do prescribe bodybuilding steroids to treat hormonal issues, including delayed puberty. In addition, steroids are also prescribed for treating all such diseases that cause muscle loss, such as cancer and AIDS. Generally speaking, bodybuilding steroids are not that bad for your health, but it is the abuse of these steroids that create problems in the long- run.
How are bodybuilding steroids abused?
Athletes from all countries are harshly scrutinized to study their health in advance. Most of the bodybuilders and athletes don’t abuse these steroids; however, there are a few who abuse these drugs to boost their performance in their respective game.
Athletes or people in general who abuse bodybuilding steroids usually take them orally, or some may even inject them into the muscles. These doses are always 10 to 100 times higher than those doses that medical practitioners prescribe.
Understanding how does bodybuilding steroids work
The bodybuilding steroids stimulate muscle tissues to grow and expand in response to training by mimicking the effects of naturally produced testosterone levels on the body. These steroids can settle anywhere in the body and can remain there for a couple of weeks to a year.
Bodybuilding steroids and their effects on health
Bodybuilding steroids have gained negative attention worldwide for their adverse effects on health. These steroids are known to create unimaginable side effects ranging from acne and breast development in men, to other life threatening effects such as liver damage and heart strokes.
Although bodybuilding steroids show different results in different people, they do tend to create the same effects on the brain. The bodybuilding steroids increase the level of dopamine in the brain, which causes an unnatural ‘high’ allowing people to abuse other substances. The steroids can dramatically affect a person’s mood and behaviour.
Mental problems such as mood swings, paranoia, extreme irritability, delusions and impaired judgement may be experienced due to bodybuilding steroids.
Other health problems:
In addition to severe mental problems, a bodybuilding steroid abuser may also witness long-term, and even permanent health problems such as:
a. Liver damage,
b. High blood pressure,
c. Kidney disorders,
d. Risk of a heart attack
If you are a man, then you may see the size of your testicles shrinking, a downfall in sperm count, development of acne and breasts, an increased risk of prostate cancer, and baldness.
If you are a woman, then deepened voice, enlarged clitoris, irregularities in menstrual cycle, male-pattern baldness, and excess of body hair are a few of the common health problems faced by you.
Clearly, bodybuilding steroids should be consumed only when prescribed, and abusing them is a strict no. It’s interesting to find out why people abuse them despite knowing the repercussions? One of the major reasons is they believe that steroids will improve their physical appearance. But, in reality, the effects are just the opposite.