What are steroids?
Steroids (short for corticosteroids) are synthetic drugs that closely resemble cortisol, a hormone that your adrenal glands produce naturally. Corticosteroids are different from the male hormone-related steroid compounds that some athletes use. They are used to treat a variety of inflammatory diseases and conditions.
Corticosteroids are different from anabolic steroids, which some athletes use to build bigger muscles.
How Are Steroids Given?
Steroids can be given topically (cream or ointment), by mouth (orally), or by injection. When injected, they can be given into a vein or muscle, directly into a joint or bursa (lubricating sac between certain tendons and the bones beneath them) or around tendons and other soft tissue areas
“The number one reason I see people choose to use anabolic steroids is in hopes of more rapid muscle gains from their workout program,” the temptation can be big, especially if you see other guys at the gym taking them with huge results.
But just because steroids are popular doesn’t make them safe.
Here are seven side effects of steroids every lifter must know.
- High Blood Pressure.
- High risk of heart attack.
- Aggressive Behavior.
- Breast Growth.
Acne : lead to pimples While the oil and bacteria production—and the zits that come with it—will go away after you stop juicing, you could be left with lifelong damage. Acne caused by steroids can be severe, which ups the risk for permanent scarring, Dr. Zwibel says.
High Blood Pressure : The hormones in steroids cause your body to retain sodium and fluids within a matter of days. That puts extra stress on your blood vessels, which can lead to high blood pressure.
Risk of heart attack : steroids can increase your LDL (bad) cholesterol and lower your HDL (good) cholesterol.
In many case heart attack are found side effect of steroids
Aggressive Behavior : Steroids don’t just make you irritable and short-tempered. They can send you into a full-on rage and make you do things that normally you’d never dream of.
Breast Growth : That’s because certain enzymes in the body can convert testosterone into estradiol (a form of estrogen), which promote the growth of breast tissue.
Worse, the results will be permanent, even if you quit juicing. Once your breast tissue expands, it’ll never go back to its original size
Baldness : A person might notice some of your hair thinning within weeks or months after starting steroids.
Infertility : All that extra testosterone from the steroids can shrink your testicles and zap your sperm count. Too-high levels of the hormone can suppress the production of luteinizing hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone, which tell the testicles to produce sperm.