Steroid Use And Steroids Use Steroids Essay

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While athletes may be tempted to use steroids to improve their performance, in reality steroid use can lead to serious health complications and require medical treatment. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (2006), steroids promote the growth of skeletal muscle (anabolic effects) and the development of male sexual characteristics (androgenic effects) in both males and females. Steroids are referred to as performance enhancement drugs as well. Steroid abuse is found in most cases of athletes. An athlete is defined as a person trained or gifted in exercises or contests involving physical agility, stamina, or strength; a participant in a sport, exercise, or game requiring physical skill. Steroids have been around as early as the 1930s and were used in wars such as World War II to help malnourished soldiers gain weight and improve in their performance (Center for Substance Abuse Research, 2013). The Nazis tested anabolic steroids on prisoners, Gestapos and Hitler himself between 1940 and 1945. German soldiers to promote aggressiveness and physical strength use testosterone and its analogs (Procon, 2013). In 1958, the FDA approved the first anabolic steroid for sale in the United States. The "Godfather of Steroids," Dr. John Bosley Zieglar, created an anabolic steroid called Dianabol that was released by Ciba Pharmaceuticals with FDA approval. Dr. Zieglar noted the success of the Russian weightlifting team due to the use of testosterone in 1954 and began…

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