Why Are Steroids So Bad For You?

    A baseball on baseball turf with a steroid injectionWhat are steroids, and why are they so bad for you?

    These days, you constantly hear about some new sporting scandal involving the discovery that a popular athlete has been using steroids.

    What’s the big deal, right?

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    What Are Steroids?

    There are two different types of steroids: anabolic steroids and corticosteroids.

    • Anabolic steroids are used to build up muscle.
    • Corticosteroids are used to dampen overactive immune responses and reduce swelling.

    The anabolic steroids abused by athletes are synthetic versions of testosterone, a male hormone. Both men and women naturally produce testosterone. Hormones help regulate many of the body’s basic functions, which is why, when they’re out of balance, either naturally or because of hormone drug use, it can cause a wide range of dangerous consequences.

    What Are The Side Effects Of Steroids?

    Anabolic steroids can affect the entire body. Some of the side effects are common to all users, while other are more related to gender and age.

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