What You Should Know
Anabolic steroids will help a bodybuilder increase muscle mass and testosterone in the body. There is no doubt about the effect on the body, but there are serious and life-threatening side effects to be considered as well as the fact that using anabolic steroids is banned by bodybuilding organizations and all professional sports associations in the United States. Anabolic steroids are used in a medical setting to treat andropause (male menopause) and breast cancer, but these uses are watched closely by the supervising physician.
List of Ingredients
The history of anabolic steroids is rooted in the 1800s. A doctor removed the testicles from birds and realized male characteristics faded. When the testicles were implanted into the abdomen, male characteristics were preserved. Dissections after death lead to the discovery that testicle function is based on blood and not the nervous system. This lead to further research, extraction of testosterone from bull testicles and formulation of synthetic testosterone from cholesterol. Testosterone was the first anabolic steroid. All future anabolic steroids were (and are) based on testosterone.
Over the next decade or so, athletes found anabolic steroids, started using them to improve performance, changed the formulations to remain undetected when sports officials started banning anabolic steroids and even hid their use through a process of injections timed just right to pass urine tests. By 1988, a prescription was required for anabolic steroids (testosterone) but it had yet to be deemed a controlled substance.
Later in 1988 the Anti-Drug Abuse Act included anabolic steroids. Controls were strict and anyone found in possession of steroids could be charged with a felony; with the exception of doctors and patients with valid prescriptions.
Anabolic steroids work in the body to increase testosterone levels. This means muscles have the fuel to grow larger faster. Athletes all over the world have used and continue to use anabolic steroids, though their use is currently legally limited to prescription use for approved conditions.
Side Effects of Anabolic Steroids
Increased sexual desire, erectile dysfunction, acne, decreased fertility, gynocomastia, abnormal sperm, liver damage, heart damage, aggression, confusion, trouble sleeping, paranoia, hair loss, insulin resistance, increased risk of cancer.
- Increased muscle mass.
- Increased resting metabolism.
- Helps stop muscle wasting due to disease.
- May cause severe side effects, including death.
- May leave user infertile.
- Illegal for use in sports.
Steroids were the source of power for many professional and amateur athletes for several years. Today, these athletes may have to face health problems and issues associated with steroid use, but moreover, athletes admitting to using anabolic steroids are facing fan anger and disappointment. Anabolic steroids have a place in the medical community, but no other place.