What using steroids can do to your body

March 9th, 2011 by admin

Steroids have many legitimate uses in medicine, especially for treating endocrine disorders, but they have garnered media attention recently due to their illegal use by Major League Baseball players. These particular steroids are anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS), which are synthetic modifications of the natural hormone testosterone.

These steroids are illegal without a doctor’s prescription, and have been so since 1990, although Major League Baseball has banned players from using them since the 1970′s. Steroids have a long history of use in professional sports, with the San Diego Chargers believed to be the first team to use them en masse in 1963. Interestingly, their record went from 4-10 to 11-3 in the 1962 and 1963 seasons, and they won the AFL championship in the later year. While Barry Bonds has grown several sizes recently, he has yet to admit to any steroid use.

Steroid use can increase bone marrow, muscle mass, and red blood cell counts, allowing for rapid increases in size and strength. However, steroid misuse can have a variety of negative side effects, including breast growth and testicle shrinkage in men, a lower voice in women, and mood swings, including anger and paranoia.

Many people that use steroids illegally do not control their doses. This can increase strength by 30% and weight by around 30-40 pounds. Steroids can be purchased legally in some countries like Mexico and Thailand, and illegally brought to the United States, or some people order them online.

Sadly, the use of steroids by professional athletes has distorted the opinions of children and young adults. Of high school steroid users, 80 percent said that steroids would help them meet athletic goals, and 57 percent stated that professional athletes had a right to use them, that these athletes inspired them to start using steroids, and that they would continue to use steroids even if it shortened their life span.

If you are interested in the systems that steroids and other hormones can affect, you may want to consider a job as a medical assistant. Look online for information on medical assistant programs and medical assistant schools.

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