Essay on Anabolic Steroids And Its Effects On The Body

1364 Words Nov 10th, 2014 6 Pages
Ever since I began weightlifting this past year, I have always been curious about anabolic steroids and what effects they might have combined with my weightlifting. Despite looking at the negative side of anabolic steroids, I figured I would do some research to find out what could possibly happen to my body if I ever took them. All I knew about them prior to this research was the external effects they had on the human body such as increased muscle growth and acne. Upon my research, I found that anabolic steroids do much more bad than good when it comes to use and abuse. In human biology, I learned that humans make their own steroids such as cholesterol, testosterone and estrogen. When researching anabolic steroids, I found that testosterone plays a major role in these drugs. Testosterone is in all humans and is the primary hormone which attains male secondary sex characteristics (Kishner, 2013). Anabolic-androgenic steroids, also known as AAS’s, can enhance or reduce the characteristics of testosterone in our bodies. Kishner states that the goal of developing anabolic-androgenic steroids was to “develop agents that were more anabolic and less androgenic than testosterone, that were capable of being administered orally, and that had less effect upon the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis” (2013, pg.3). Anabolic steroids also increase protein within cells which attributes to muscular growth. AAS’s have been used to treat medical conditions such as anemia, osteoporosis and…

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