Examples of health issues are increased cholesterol, high blood pressure, heightened sex characteristics (such as increased facial and body hair & deeper voice in women; baldness and impotence in men), liver damage and so many more. The effects of anabolic steroids can destroy the body and affect the mind by causing harm to it. Anabolic steroids are also known for affecting one’s behaviour as they often make individuals more violent as they are easily annoyed. This behaviour could lead to criminal acts such as fighting, burglary, and vandalism (Abuse, N. I. (2006).
They also encounter a decrease in breast size due to excess testosterone. Women develop excess facial hair, menstrual irregularities, clitoral enlargement, deepening of their voices, and uterine atrophy. Several of these symptoms are permanent even after termination of steroid use. Again, the consequences of steroids are harmful. Side effects for men include suffering from impotence, ejaculatory problems, and decreased sperm count.
The use of steroids is to try and gain an athletic edge. Steroids can cause a person to get bigger, stronger and faster but they will not give you skill or agility and technique. Many athletes abuse these drugs in order to boost their athletic performance but they may be doing so at a cost. Not only will the athlete be suspended or kicked out of their sport if they get caught, they also may be putting themselves at a serious health risk.
The third main reason that people should not use steroids is because it causes many other health problems in their life. (That’s if the steroids don’t kill you first.) Steroids can cause depression, hostility and aggression towards other people, eating disorders, stunted growth in young people, unwanted body hair, acne and the risk of HIV, hepatitis B and C, if you are using a needle to shoot the steroids into your veins. Steroids also can make your muscle tissue weak. When people take steroids their muscles get used to it, and then if they stop, their muscles get very weak.
Illicit use of these drugs can lead to low birth weight, breathing difficulties, death, and of course the possibility of the baby being born addicted to the drug. Drug addictions in infants present themselves as irritability, fevers, and piercing cries. More specifically, cocaine use during pregnancy can cause physical deformities in the child’s eyes, bones, genitals, urinary tract, kidneys and heart and acute growth retardation. They may also experience seizures and hemorrhages. While many people believe that marijuana may not be as harmful as these other drugs, it can still affect the infant in a few ways.
Methamphetamine or Meth, like other drugs, can short circuit the survival system by artificially stimulating pleasure areas in the brain. As this happens, it leads to increased confidence in meth and decreased confidence in normal everyday life. When this occurs the user becomes more interested in meth related activities, people, and environments. Withdrawals of meth use: fact or fiction? Much to contrary belief meth users do suffer from withdraws as well as any other addict would.
(2) Testosterone has several positive effects on sexual function, but its most significant effect is on libido, sexual interest, and arousal. Boys going through puberty develop an enhanced interest in sex as a consequence of rising levels of testosterone. (2) Testosterone was first isolated in 1935. It is a four-ring cyclic compound composed of 19 carbon atoms, produced from cholesterol. After its discovery, testosterone was found to be inactive when taken orally and rapidly inactivated by the liver when injected.
The Pros and Cons of Steroids for Athletes Minhaj Ghayur Writing 102 Dr. Turner May 11, 2010 Abstract Steroids have become a hot topic in the media and sports these days. A lot of athletes are being caught using steroids and jeopardizing their careers. The media and other health related organizations are trying to provide people with a better knowledge of steroids and the risks of taking steroids. Almost everybody knows the benefits of taking steroids, but does not know the overall process that goes with taking steroids and living the life afterwards. This research studies the pros and cons of using steroids.
It has been not only a hobby for me; but a way of life. Steroids is a highly discussed and controversial issue that is often associated with body building; and I wanted to do an in-depth analysis to decide if the benefit would outweigh the risk- especially in regards to my own body. Anabolic steroids can be defined as synthetic hormones which boost the body’s ability to produce muscle as well as prevent muscle breakdown. Athletes therefore use them hoping to enhance their abilities. Research has shown that these steroids can harm kids who are developing.
Elevated liver enzymes indicating liver damage have been found in some adolescents who drink alcohol. Young drinkers who also shown elevated liver enzymes are subjected to be overweight or obese do to modern levels of drinking. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant, drinking too much, slows bodily functions such as heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing to a dangerous level, causing the drinker to lose consciousness, which can result in alcohol poisoning. Alcohol has harmful effects on developing brain cells and bodies. Heavy drinking during adolescence years, when the brain is still developing causes lasting impairment functions such as memory, coordination, and motor skills.