Anabolic Steroids

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The Effects of Anabolic Steroids Around three million adults use anabolic steroids in the United States and about 2.7-2.9 percent of those who are young adults have used steroids at least once during their lives. (Baker, Graham, Davies) Anabolic steroids are one of the three different types of steroids that also consist of corticosteroids and estrogenic steroids. Corticosteroids and estrogenic steroids are only beneficial for specific medical patients and have almost no abuse potential. (BE#9) The main purpose of anabolic steroids, which increase muscle and strength, is to be used in small dosages to help medical patients recover from diseases. (SC#11) (Clayton) Although anabolic steroids are only supposed to be used for medical purposes, …show more content…
(Roza) However, testosterone levels are significantly higher in men in contrast to women. Testosterone is found in the testicles of males and the ovaries of females. Manly features in men- deepened voice, facial hair, large muscles, and sperm production- all result from testosterone production. (SC#10) (Testosterone: A Hormone That Works Differently in Men and Women) Increased androgenic or manly features result from anabolic steroids due to synthetic testosterone. Anabolic simply refers to muscle building. Since anabolic steroids are most commonly used for muscle growth, anabolic-androgenic steroids were termed anabolic steroids in reference to muscle growth. (Steroid Abuse in Today 's …show more content…
(Gerber) Physical side effects that change appearance vary from male to female. (Clayton) Females using anabolic steroids typically start to gain a masculine appearance due to: development of facial and body hair, muscles, and a deepened voice. In contrast, males often develop more feminine traits such as a higher voice and breasts along with their more masculine muscles. Teenagers using anabolic steroids will often begin a premature maturation that closes growth plates that leads to stunted growth causing them to be shorter than their peers with age. (Clayton) Many other side effects can become present in both genders. These side effects include: oily skin, acne, and baldness (Gerber) Side effects may be temporary and diminish with the withdrawal of anabolic steroids or may persist through a person’s entire life varying on levels of abuse. (Gerber; MedicineNet) Because of all the changes of features that occur from anabolic steroid in a person, many emotional aspects of life will undergo changes.

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