After all, no pain, no gain, right? The same applies to warnings by doctors regarding the dangers of steroids in sports.
We all think that ‘roid rage’ or side effects and adverse reactions will happen to somebody else.
But did you know that even small doses of steroids can cause psychological as well as physical side effects and disruptions to body function?
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You might want to hold off on the scoffing for just a little while.
The warnings and dangers of steroids for men have and will continue to be founded in scientific research, clinical studies and trials.
And unfortunately, by the tales of former steroid users who learned the hard way that faster and bigger isn’t always better.
First, we’ll start off with something positive. Steroids, often classified into two different categories.
Corticosteroids and anabolic-androgenic steroids known as AAS, are used and quite effectively and safely used in a number of treatments for a variety of medical conditions.
In such cases, prescription use of steroids often provides more benefits than side effects.
When medically supervised, these side effects or the downside of drugs can be mitigated by careful oversight and adjustment of dosage.
However, as with any drug, there is a downside.
When a drug such as steroids are used without medical supervision, and purchased and used illegally, the risk of potentially serious, long-term, and permanent side effects are increased.
Let’s refer to the science. An article defines a study to evaluate the psychological impact of AAS in athletes and attempted to link severity of the abuse of steroids with their side effects.
(“Psychiatric side effects induced by supra- physiological dosage of combinations of anabolic steroids correlate to the severity of abuse”)
The results? In a study of over 300 amateur and recreational athletes and bodybuilders, of whom approximately half were experienced and active steroid users, the psychological side effects of steroid abuse increased in pace to the severity of the abuse.
Shall we talk about the effect on health?
Anabolic steroids are a synthetic variation of testosterone, a male hormone responsible mainly for providing men with their secondary sex characteristics. It’s also manufactured in very small amounts by women.
Men also have very low amounts of estrogen in their bodies. This balance must be carefully maintained.
Anabolic-androgenic steroids can seriously affect hormone levels in the body. Hormones are powerful and have the ability to affect a number of body systems and functions.
Just a few side effects of erratic hormone levels caused by steroids:
Long-term use of high dosage steroids increases the risk of psychological as well as physical signs and symptoms of misuse, overuse, and accuse.
Most alarming are reports that previous and current users of anabolic-androgenic steroids and dangers of steroids in bodybuilding are not to be ignored.
They can negatively affect cardiovascular function and activities, both for short-term and long-term.
Another article, “Androgenic-anabolic steroid abuse and the cardiovascular system,” determined that use of anabolic-androgenic steroids does produce an increased risk of arrhythmia (erratic heartbeat) that can cause sudden death.
Everyone thinks the something bad like that isn’t going to happen to them, but it can, and does.
Recently, the death of MMA fighter Kimbo Slice served to provide a spotlight (even if only temporarily) on use of anabolic steroids.
Research has determined that the long-term effects of steroid use and abuse can result in adverse cardiovascular effects.
Effects such as hypertension (high blood pressure), cardiomyopathy (enlarged heart), left ventricular hypertrophy (thickening of the left ventricle chamber of the heart), and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).
The problem of the dangers of steroids are not limited to the United States, but are prevalent in Australia as well.
An article written up in the Sydney Morning Herald focused on the irony of basically health-oriented athletes turning to steroids for muscle gains that have the potential to damage health.
The article reported 24 deaths in young man (22 to 48 years of age) during the past 17 years in New South Wales alone.
Whether you’re considering legal and prescribed use of steroids or illegal purchase and use, steroids demand extreme caution.
Be aware of the side effects and dangers of steroids, and not only the temporary results they can provide.
Dangers of steroids are very real. They’re not to be ignored or, scoffed at. Be aware of the signs and symptoms of overuse, misuse, and abuse.