Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The positive effects of steroids

In most men, the use of steroids causes their testes to shrink. The drug is also known to reduce the count of sperm cells and cause total infertility to some. Steroids can also cause the hair to fall out, enlarge a man’s breasts, and affect his prostate. Teenagers who use steroids would experience halted growth. Their adolescent development will be accelerated but their skeletons will never reaching its peak. Their body grows rapidly towards puberty but the bones are left behind in the process.

Steroids have got a pretty bad rep and perhaps fairly so, they enlarge the heart, mess up our hormones and cause acne and mood disorders. However people continue to use it so there must be some positive effects of steroids. A reasoned approach then should look at both the pros and cons of these controversial substances and come to a decision that way as to whether they should be used.

Before we can appreciate the positive effects of steroids we need to understand how they work. Essentially then, steroids are either natural of synthetic compounds that help regulate various bodily functions. When we refer to steroids however we generally are referring to anabolic steroids. These are synthetic compounds that mimic the effects of anabolic and androgenic hormones such as testosterone and are known by many names including ‘juice’ and ‘roids’ and someone who is using steroids can so be said to be ‘juicing’. Anabolic steroids can be taken orally as a pill or powder or commonly via an injection which has certain advantages for the user. This makes marks along an individual’s forearms a good indicator that they may be using steroids.

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