of my body-conscious friends say that they are using anabolic steroids, what
Anabolic steroids are prescription-only drugs.
They are abused for their potential to increase body weight and muscle mass.
There is a trade in these drugs amongst body builders and athletes. They come
in tablet or injectable form and are usually used as a six to eight week course.
friends say that anabolic steroids are not harmful but what are the effects?
The user feels an increase in aggression allowing
them to train harder. They also increase muscle bulk and strength.
Physical dependence does not occur but psychological
dependence may, as users describe that they feel depressed and lethargic after
stopping their use. Athletes may also be unable to face up to poor athletic
performance after stopping their use.
the use of anabolic steroids dangerous?
Long-term use can lead to liver and kidney damage,
high blood pressure (which can cause stroke) and impaired growth in young people.
Repeated use may lead to sterility and impotence in men and masculinisation
Psychotic symptoms can occur and steroid
aggression has been reported, and has been used as a defence in court.
Some of the steroid tablets available are in fact manufactured for use in animals.
Education of young people is needed to discourage their use.
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