I want to start with a very important message to everyone who thinks of using Performance-enhancing drugs and especially the anabolic steroids: Don’t ever use steroids for performance, it’s dangerous for your health!
are substances used by people, often athletes, to improve their performance. The reasons that drive people and athletes to start using performance-enhancing drugs are many, and here are a few:
- Erythropoietin or also known as EPO is a drug that increases the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood .
- Painkillers dull athletes’ pain and help them perform better.
- Stimulants such as caffeine are used to stimulate the body and mind by increasing focus, energy and aggression.
- Mass builders such as hormones and anabolic steroid are used to drive muscle growth and sometimes to reduce body fat.
Although the phrase performance-enhancing drugs links to most of the substances that enhance performance, we can’t put there the protein or the creatine , which are classified as a dietary supplement. We also can not and shouldn’t look with bad eye on all of the performance-enhancing drugs. Caffeine, for example, is widely use in our everyday life. All of the performance enhancing drugs, even the natural substances, can produce negative side effects, especially, when taken in high doses.
The anabolic steroid
is a synthetic drug that is very similar and mimics the body’s natural sex hormone testosterone. Steroids were originally developed to treat specific medical conditions, in which the patient will directly benefit of there use. Although the anabolic steroids are known to treat a number of health problems, they are illegal without prescription, and the drug abuse could lead to health problems.
How are the anabolic steroids used?
Steroids are used to treat a variety of conditions, in which the body’s defense system malfunctions and causes tissue damage. Steroids can be organ saving and, in many instances, life-saving. Injecting steroids into one or two areas of inflammation allows doctors to deliver a high dose of the drug directly to the problem area. Body builders and elite athletes use the drug to enhance performance, build muscle tissue, reduce body fat, workout harder and stronger.
How do the anabolic steroids work?
The drug works in two ways. First the production of protein increases, which leads to muscle growth. Second the effect of stress after workout on the muscle is reduced by blocking the effects of stress hormone ( cortisol) , which leads to short recovery time. The anabolic steroids promote appetite and bone growth. Long-term steroid abusers can experience symptoms including aggression and violence.
Risks and side effects.
The side effects of long-term abuse with the drug are elevated blood pressure, harmful increase in cholesterol levels, which increases the chance of cardiovascular disease, acne, body hair growth and deepening of the voice, characterized with the puberty, are common side effects. Liver changes, changes to the structure of the left ventricle of the heart and death are the risks that come with long-term use of the anabolic steroids.