The long-term dangers of taking steroids and similar enhancers

There is widespread abuse of steroids in our society today and steroid users range from bodybuilders and professional athletes to school-age children and executives. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) believes that there are half a million high school students who are now using steroids and who believe that this is not risky. Another study shows that over one million Americans have said that they have tried steroids. What’s more, dangerous dietary supplements that mimic the action of steroids are sold freely in health shops and over the Internet. People are encouraged in the dangerous belief that these supplements provide the benefits of steroids without the harmful effects.

Anabolic steroids are synthetic variations of the male hormone, testosterone, which occurs naturally in, both, men and women, the testes in the case of man and the ovaries in the case of women. The term anabolic means the building of tissue, mainly muscle tissue. Steroids are often prescribed for genuine medical purposes such as loss of function in the testicles, breast cancer and low blood cell count. Steroids are most commonly misused by professional athletes and bodybuilders who are seeking to build muscle mass and improve physical performance. They are all so used by people in occupations such as security guards and law enforcement who require physical strength and endurance.

People abusing steroids may ingest anything from one to 100 times the safe medical dosage and the length of the abuse will depend on their specific goals For instance, athletes may resort to steroids for a specific period of time while law enforcement officers or security guards may use it continuously The undesirable side effects of anabolic steroids include increased attrition and bad temper, bad effects on the blood pressure and the heart and mood swings. One side effect is also sexual arousal and some people take steroids to improve their sexual prowess. But, with safe medication such as levitra that is available, there is absolutely no need to resort to steroid abuse to solve your sex related problems.

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