Can you see it in their shoulders and veins? Many of the signs of steroid use are obvious once you know how to identify them. So too are many personally experienced symptoms of steroid use.
Before starting down the road of using potent steroids, know what they do and how they can affect your outward appearance and internal body functions.
For clarification, signs are something that can be seen, felt, or smelled. Symptoms are something that a person feels such as pain. You can’t see pain, but you can feel it.
Understanding the signs and symptoms of steroid use is important for any athlete, bodybuilder, or teenager and their parents to know.
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While you may look at someone and think they’re using steroids, this may not always be the case.
Yes, we’re taught not to judge by outward appearances, but when it comes to concern for a family member or loved one, it’s not only important to recognize the signs he’s on steroids, but some of the most common symptoms of anabolic steroid use.
This is especially important when it comes to teenagers.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, use of steroids by teenagers can be especially problematic.
Steroids are generally categorized by type: corticosteroid and anabolic or anabolic-androgenic steroid.
Corticosteroids are often found in medications used to treat a number of immune system and inflammatory conditions.
Anabolic steroids are a synthetic variation or derivative of the male hormone testosterone.
They are often used in the treatment of hypogonadism and sometimes, in the treatment of chronic muscle-wasting syndrome that is often experienced by cancer patients or those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.
Use of steroids by teenagers can have a huge and very serious impact on their development, brain function and organ systems, including the hormone system.
According to the FDA in their youth risk behavior surveillance system study, approximately 5% of young men of high school age and roughly 2.5% of females have admitted to using anabolic steroids at least once.
Some of the most common outward signs of steroid use in males and females are accelerated muscle mass growth, but other signs of steroid users can be noticed.
By themselves, it may not seem like such a big deal, but put them together and it’s not often hard to determine whether someone’s been using steroids.
Common outward anabolic steroid abuse symptoms:
Psychological signs of steroid users and abuse:
Another way to identify steroid users is by listening for the terms commonly used including “shotgunning” which implies a person who takes steroids inconsistently.
Another term is “stacking” which defines using to or more types of anabolic steroids together, or anabolic steroids combined with other drugs as well as growth hormone, growth factors, and so forth.
The withdrawal symptoms of steroids can be dangerous too, which is why it’s important to follow up with post-cycle therapy after use.
>Any drug that is not appropriately metabolized by the body can contribute to toxic situations.
Toxicity is a potential in use of prescribed as well as non-prescribed use of corticosteroids and anabolic steroids.
It is possible to overdose on corticosteroids as well as anabolic steroids. Illicit use of AAS is not just a concern among teenagers and young men and women, but older individuals as well.
One study reported expanding demographics when it comes to abuse of steroids:
“Anabolic androgenic steroid induced myocardial toxicity: an evolving problem in an aging population.”
Another study focused on the effects of steroids on not only the physical aspects, but the psychiatric aspect of health and wellness.
They looked into former users of steroids that are now entering middle age:
“Long-term psychiatric and medical consequences of anabolic-androgenic steroid abuse: a looming public health concern?”
Of major concern to medical providers is the long-term effect of high doses of anabolic steroids on cardiovascular health including toxicity, cardiomyopathy, and its atherosclerotic effects on the body.
Psychologically speaking, further studies are under way in order to determine a number of psychiatric effects of steroid use such as mood syndromes, prevalence for substance abuse, and dependence syndromes.
Bottom line? Regardless of age, whether you’re as you steroid use to yourself, or you suspect a friend or loved one is using steroids of any kind.
Be aware of physical and psychological signs of steroid users and potential symptoms of steroid use in bodybuilders– and abuse.