They can prove beneficial to many patients under the right circumstances.
Before taking steroids of any kind, whether they’ve been prescribed by your physician or you are attaining them illegally (not recommended), be aware of what they can do in your body.
Do a little research regarding the effects of steroids, from good to bad, and carefully weigh the benefits against their drawbacks.
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The effects of steroids can provide a number of benefits including but not limited to:
Depending on the type of steroid (corticosteroid or anabolic steroid), when used legally under the monitoring of a physician, and when used appropriately, the effects of steroids (anabolic or corticosteroid) are beneficial in the treatment of medical conditions.
However, when used inappropriately and in higher than recommended dosages , a number of negative side effects of steroids may be experienced by users.
A number of studies have determined that even short-term use of anabolic steroids does have the potential to slightly increase strength (gains of approximately 5% to 20%).
It can also provide small increases in body weight (2 to 5 kg) that seems to be the result of development of lean body mass rather than fat loss.
None of these studies has reported that use of anabolic steroids for increased strength and muscle mass gains outweigh the potential risks.
There are a number of negative effects including those on the cardiovascular system, the endocrine system, and its effect on lipids and lipoproteins.
While some negative effects following high-dose and short-term use may be rectified by discontinuation of steroid use, long-term effects of steroids are just now under study regard to the longevity of potential damage to a number of body systems including that of the cardiovascular system.
Of course, the detrimental long-term effects of steroids, whatever kind and whatever brand, are dependent on a number of factors.
These include the milligram strength, dosage levels, frequency of dosages/injections, as well as a person’s age, their health status, and their diet and exercise levels.
It should be noted that effects of steroids such as larger muscles and increased strength and endurance are not due to the drug alone.
A well-balanced and nutritious diet, intense training, and adequate periods of rest are also key factors that influence positive effects of steroids, at least as bodybuilders or athletes are concerned.
Steroids are not a one-size-fits-all-kind of drug.
Steroids are typically broken down into two categories: corticosteroids and anabolic steroids.
Anabolic steroids are often known as anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS).
The anabolic part enhances strength. The androgenic part has to do with sex characteristics.
Corticosteroids are often recommended in the treatment of inflammatory or autoimmune and situations. Corticosteroids are manufactured by the human body’s adrenal glands, located on top of the kidneys.
In the event that the adrenal glands are not manufacturing or secreting adequate amounts of corticosteroids, a doctor may recommend steroid drugs. One of the most common corticosteroids prescribed today is Prednisone.
Corticosteroids and anabolic steroids are available in a variety of forms depending on the drug and the manufacturer:
While most of us associate the side effects of steroids in bodybuilding as being the only dangerous ones, both are powerful and can have a huge impact on endocrine and metabolic functions in the body.
Anabolic steroids are synthetic derivatives of the male hormone testosterone. Testosterone is manufactured in the male testes and in small amounts by women’s ovaries in response to instructions from the pituitary gland, located in the brain.
Anabolic steroids like testosterone are often recommended in the treatment of hypogonadism.
Using any kind of steroids without a prescription or with the oversight of a doctor is dangerous due to the risk for misuse and abuse and the severity of the effects of steroids depending on their milligram strength.
It is no secret that athletes and bodybuilders often inject a higher dosage and at a greater frequency than recommended for medical treatment.
When using an appropriate dosage, they can promote positive effects, but always be aware of negative effects. Every individual reacts to drugs differently, and the same applies to steroid use.
For now, the risks of dangerous effects of steroids more than outweigh the benefits, at least in regard to nonmedical usage.