In medical treatments, steroids are commonly used. Do not be shocked when a doctor prescribes steroids to a patient with a certain condition. Not all steroids are bad. Some steroids are available to purchase with doctors prescription for a treatment using corticosteroids or anabolic steroids. However, when can you consider a steroid use to be acceptable or illegal?
The reason why some products get a bad reputation because of the misuse and abuse of users. These users are commonly bodybuilders or athletes who are not patient enough to wait for the results of their efforts. This is the reason why there are some who choose to purchase through black market providers or underground laboratories if they can’t get their hands on a doctor’s prescription. But this method is unsafe and illegal.
What are Anabolic Steroids?
Anabolic steroids are laboratory developed products. Their structure is similar to testosterone. Testosterone is the primary male hormone produces by the testes which provide men with their secondary sex characteristics. Women also manufacture testosterone but in small amounts. Anabolic steroids are medically used for the treatment of:
- Sex hormone disorders
- Delayed puberty
- Muscle wasting on HIV or AIDS patients or cancer patients.
Anabolic steroids have been used for nonmedical reasons by bodybuilders, athletes, weightlifters or even celebrities. But this is not accepted by the medical communities around the world.
Steroids and Sports
The use of performance enhancers, it can be steroids, growth hormones, growth factors or other drugs to achieve muscle size, strength or physical endurance and stamina is not approved by any sporting organizations anywhere in the world. The World Anti-Doping Agency has a list of currently banned substances. So if you are competing professionally, always refer to the list of banned products before taking any kind of steroids or supplements to avoid any legal issues.
The Point Where Safe Usage Becomes Dangerous
Misusing, overusing or abusing any kind of steroid will eventually lead to danger. The National Institute on Drug Abuse never fails to warn bodybuilders and athletes, who are looking into achieving rapid muscle mass gains, increase in endurance and stamina, or maybe overall improvement physically. Injecting 10 to 100 times more than the recommended dosage for medical treatment is considered dangerous to your health.
Steroid misuse and abuse becomes dangerous and will possibly cause physical health risks as well as trigger the development of psychological, mental or emotional issues. “Roid rage” is a common term to bodybuilders. Though some may think that this is just s way for people to discourage steroid use, it is proven that this is real. Even short-term use can contribute to psychological changes.
Steroid Side Effects
Side effects have a high possible rate when you are using steroids. Although how the body reacts with steroid may vary, some may or may not experience these side effects. The most common visible side effects are a severe case of acne, edema, and increased growth of body hair or maybe male pattern baldness.
None visible side effects may include severe headaches, high blood pressure and increase cholesterol levels. This can cause plaque buildup inside the artery walls which may lead to decreased blood flow and an increase of a potential heart attack.
Before you decide to use steroids, remember that there are safer options. Never disregard the warnings about potential side effects as well as adverse effects. Remember that these are sometimes irreversible. Make sure that you are aware of what you are putting into your body before making that chaste decision.