What Are the Basic Facts About Anabolic Steroids?

What Are the Basic Facts About Anabolic Steroids?

Anabolic steroids are still out there and they are devastating lives. These synthetic derivatives of testosterone can promote growth of skeletal muscle and increase lean body mass. They are produced for legal prescriptions but most people are using them illegally and may become addicted. Learn more about anabolic steroids and how they are impacting people’s lives.

Using Steroids

Anabolic steroids are taken orally or injected. Many people use them for ‘cycling,’ or taking in cycles of weeks and months rather than using all the time. They often use different types of steroids in order to maximize the good benefits of steroids and lessen the negative impact. This is known as ‘stacking.’ bodybuilders and athletes often use steroids to boost competitive advantage and improve their physical appearance. They use them to talk about feeling good and invincible. The positive feelings can turn to anger, range, paranoia, and violence.

Hazards of Steroids

Some of the following may be risks and dangers of steroid use:

  • Headaches
  • Nosebleeds
  • Acne
  • Stomach pain
  • Fluid retention
  • Muscle tightness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Tendon problems
  • Hypertension
  • Eating disorder
  • Stunted growth
  • Delusions
  • Episodes of rage
  • Violent behavior

Addictive Properties

Steroid users often experience characteristics related to addiction when they stop using steroids including severe cravings, depression, and sleeping disorders. There are challenges to coming off steroids and people need help from professionals to make sure they detox safely due to the side effects.

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