Title: Negative Effects Of Steroids Are Several

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Steroids are man-made hormones derived from male sex hormones, androgens, produced in your body. Steroids are mainly derivatives of ?testosterone,? an androgen that is instrumental in body growth, growth of sex organs, maturity, growth of body hair, and deepening of voice.

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Effects Of Steroids

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Steroids are man-made hormones derived from male sex hormones, androgens, produced in your body. Steroids are mainly derivatives of ?testosterone,? an androgen that is instrumental in body growth, growth of sex organs, maturity, growth of body hair, and deepening of voice.

Steroids are available as pills, capsules, injections, creams and gels. These are often used by weightlifters, bodybuilders, athletes, and other sports persons to enhance their strength, stamina, and performance levels. However, steroid abuse or over dosages have serious side effects or dangerous consequences.

Dr. Gary Wadler, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the NY University School of Medicine, says, ?Although there are many types of steroids with varying degrees of anabolic and androgenic properties, it’s the anabolic property of steroids that lures athletes. They take them to primarily increase muscle mass and strength. The reason for that is that the side effects associated for the oral form were discovered to be especially worrisome for the liver. But the injectable steroids aren?t free of side-effects either. There is no free ride and there is a price to be paid with either form.” Dr. Gary Wadler is currently serving in the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA).

There are many negative effects of steroids. The negative effects of steroids are on both sexes (male and female); some of the common negative effects of steroids include wooziness, early loss of hair, sleeping troubles, nausea, depression, mood changes, joint pain, hallucinations, paranoia, urination problems, yellow fever, stroke, increased risk of heart disease, trembling, high levels of blood pressure, increased chance of injuring muscles and tendons.

Steroid abuse or over dosage may have serious effects on reproductive systems of males as well as females. Some possible negative effects of steroids in males may include testicular shrinkage, powerlessness, hair loss, sterility, development of breasts or nipples, urinary problems, increased size of prostate gland and reduced sperm count. Some of the possible negative effects of steroids in females may include development of male features, increased facial hair growth, breast shrinkage and increased size of the clitoris. There are also psychological dangers of steroids including aggressiveness, depression, anxiety and uncontrolled bouts of anger.

There are also many other negative effects of steroids on humans. The users who inject steroids with the help of a needle are at higher risk for infection with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), which causes AIDS. The steroid user who share needles with others or use infected needles are also at high risk for developing hepatitis, liver disease, or bacterial endocarditis, a heart infection. The only way to avoid the negative effects of steroids is stopping their abuse or over usage.

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