Essay on The Use of Anabolic Steroids
During the past decade, anabolic steroid abuse became a national
concern. These drugs are used illicitly by weight lifters, body builders, long
distance runners, cyclists, and others who claim that these drugs give them a
competitive advantage and/or improve their physical appearance. Overall
youth steroid use remains alarmingly high. According to the 1999 Monitoring
the Future Study, the percentage of eighth, tenth, and twelfth graders who
reported using steroids at least once in their lives has increased steadily over
the past four years (an average of 1.8 percent in 1996, 2.1 percent in 1997,
2.3 percent in 1998, and 2.8 percent in 1999).
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(gynecomastia) can occur. In females, anabolic steroids have a masculinizing
effect, resulting in more body hair, a deeper voice, smaller breasts, and fewer
menstrual cycles. Several of these effects are irreversible. In adolescents,
abuse of these agents may prematurely stop the lengthening of bones,
resulting in stunted growth.
Anabolic-androgenic steroids are man-made substances related to male
sex hormones. "Anabolic" refers to muscle-building, and "androgenic" refers
to increased masculine characteristics. "Steroids" refers to the class of drugs.
These drugs are available legally only by prescription, to treat conditions that
occur when the body produces abnormally low amounts of testosterone, such
as delayed puberty and some types of impotence, and also to treat body
wasting in patients with AIDS and other diseases. Abuse of anabolic steroids
can lead to serious health problems, some irreversible.
Today, athletes and others abuse anabolic steroids to enhance performance
and also to improve physical appearance.
Anabolic steroids are taken orally or injected, typically in cycles of weeks or
months, rather than continuously, in patterns called cycling. Cycling involves
taking multiple doses of