Steroids are synthetically formed hormones that have similar functionalities as naturally produced hormones through different hormone producing glands in the human body. Synthetic steroids were typically created for medical needs to treat certain physical conditions. But, these days’ steroids are mostly used as performance-enhancing drugs and are vastly popular among athletes, sportsperson and bodybuilders. However, the various instances of drug abuses and the short-term as well as long-term effects of steroids on the human body have fetched strict guidelines for steroid use. The use of steroid abuse in teenagers in on the rise and it is a matter of concern among the youth across the world.
What are the benefits that make steroids so popular?
Well, to be specific, steroids are addictive like any other drugs. It has several psychological and physical short-term effects on our body. Few of them are:
- It stimulates our mind and energise the body
- It helps you perform better in physical activities
- It improves your stamina and endurance
- It helps in cutting the undesired bodyfat giving you a toned figure
- It enhances the development of lean muscles and firms your body
- Steroids are recommended by doctors to treat certain injuries and decrease the recovery time.
These short-term benefits make steroids a great choice for the athletes and sportsperson. With the use of steroids, they can undoubtedly perform better than their counterparts and this gives an undue advantage. It increases their physical prowess and enhances their performance to a great extent. That is why several sports organizations have strictly banned the use of steroids among athletes. If anyone found using illegal drugs, he or she can be penalised in terms of money or something more severe. Imprisonment or lifetime ban from the specific field of sports can also come as a punishment. So, athletes and bodybuilders take extra caution while purchasing these drugs. There are various online shops and forums where these drugs can be obtained without any proof of evidence. However, these practices are illegal but the high market demand has pushed many agents to secretly sell these drugs in the black market.
Long-term effects to avoid:
An uncontrolled or over-usage of steroids can cause several long-term effects on your body and mind. The withdrawal symptoms can be dangerous too. Usually, the withdrawal symptoms can last up to one year after discontinuing the consumption of drugs but the effects can be too much too handle.
Some of the most common side-effects of steroid abuse in teenagers can be as follows:
- Fluid retention
- Sleep deprivation
- High blood pressure and sugar levels
- Liver disorder
- Depression, anxiety or suicidal tendency
- Skin problems like rashes, acne etc.
Apart from these, a continuous use of steroid can make you prone to infections like HIV/AIDS. It can also have several ill-effects on women like a deeper baritone, excessive hair growth on the face and other parts of the body, reduced sex drive, infertility, menstrual problems so on and so forth. So, you must consult your doctor to limit the adverse effects of steroids on your body.