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What are Anabolic Steroids?

Think you know steroids or would you like to expand your knowledge of using such? Well if you do, you better read the entire content of this article.

Basically, anabolic steroids are the synthetic versions of testosterone or the body’s natural sex hormone. Anabolic steroids have successfully attracted countless of bodybuilders as well as athletes as they are capable of increasing the strength and size of muscles significantly in short period of time. In addition to that, they even increase aggressiveness and competitiveness that can be desirable traits in gym and sports.

In general, anabolic steroids may be prescribed to be able to stimulate bone growth, promote appetite, lessen the effects of muscle wasting from chronic diseases similar to AIDS or cancer, show promise as male contraceptive and to induce male puberty. These drugs are widely available as injectable steroids, skin patches and oral pills.

Anabolic steroids are changing strength and muscle mass. The steroids will result to increased production of proteins, which are known as the building blocks of our muscles and of course, more building blocks indicates the higher possibility of strength and muscle mass.

When steroids are consumed either via injection or orally, this will travel to the androgen receptors situated within different cells. This connection is activating the hormone receptor that creates messenger RNA, which is signaling the DNA to be able to construct specific proteins. These proteins are travelling throughout the body in order to create growth responses and anabolic responses. And despite the fact that anabolism is the main function of steroids, they can also draw out undesirable and desirable effects.

The question many are asking is, will they work, of course it is but there’s no need for a person to take them. The abuse of using such drugs may result to unwanted side effects, which is the reason why anyone who plans to use steroids should consult their doctor first. Apart from increasing strength and muscle mass, abusing the use of anabolic steroids may result to effects like harmful changes in levels of cholesterol, acne, damage to the liver, high blood pressure as well as changes to structure of left ventricle of the heart to which if not addressed immediately, may result to cardiovascular disease.

Anabolic steroids have virilizing or androgenic effect meaning, they may possibly affect the mentioned male characteristics above. Also, anabolic steroids may affect the growth of clitoris in women, growth of puberty and genitals in male children, increased body hair especially at the back and chest, increased size of vocal chords and deepening of voice as well as premature baldness to those predisposed to it.

Resource: wikipedia reference