Anabolic Steroids Side Effects. What are Anabolic Steroids?
In last my article I was talking about supplementation and what supplements I would recommend and why. Today I want to talk about steroids, what are anabolic steroids, why people use them and what are anabolic steroids side effects.
If you think why I didn’t mention steroids in my previous blog about supplements, the answer is very simple, because steroids are classed as drugs, not as supplements. Many people get confused thinking that anabolic steroids are just strong supplement. Legally you can buy steroids with just a doctor’s prescription.
There are many types of steroids in the world and all can be very harmful and have many side effects, but today I want to talk about one of the most popular steroids in the world which are Anabolic steroids, to give you some knowledge about them and maybe influence your decision in not using them.
What are Anabolic Steroids
Anabolic steroids are steroidal androgens that include natural androgens like testosterone and synthetic androgens that are structurally related and have similar effects to testosterone. Anabolic steroids are human made and their main purpose is to mimic the effects of the human hormone testosterone.
Bodybuilders use steroids to boost their performance, strength and muscle growth. But these days more and more people are using steroids. Research says that only in the UK there are more than one million people using steroids. And the scariest thing is that beginners and teenagers are taking steroids too.
How Anabolic Steroids are Taken
The most common use of steroids is injecting them into the muscle, it can also be taken orally as tablets, but steroids also come as creams or gels that are applied to the skin.
Many people are aware of the dangers of anabolic steroids, but still, continue taking them and believe that taking them in certain ways can reduce the risk of side effects.
Methods people use believing that it reduces the risk of steroids side effects are:
- Cycling — taking multiple doses of steroids for a period of time, then stopping for a rest period, and starting the cycle again.
- Stacking — combining two or more different steroids and mixing oral and/or injectable types, believing that it makes steroids to work better and can give maximum results.
- Pyramiding — the combination of stacking and cycling, where people start taking a low dose of anabolic steroids and slowly increasing the dose or frequency of steroid misuse, reaching a peak amount, and then gradually tapering off to zero for the rest period, giving a body a break before steroids start the cycle again.
- Plateauing — alternating, overlapping, or substituting with another steroid to avoid developing a tolerance.
Anabolic Steroids Side Effects
Regularly taking steroids can be very harmful and cause dangerous medical conditions, it can lead to physical and psychological changes for both women and men as well.
Most common anabolic steroids side effects are:
- Kidney disease.
- Liver disease.
- Heart disease. Heart attack.
- Severe acne.
- High blood pressure.
- Risk of viral bacteria or infections.
- Hair loss.
Most common anabolic steroids side effects for men are:
- Shrunken testicles.
- Hair loss.
- Breast development.
- Increased risk of prostate cancer.
- Reduced sperm count.
Most common anabolic steroids side effects for women are:
- Facial and body hair growth.
- Hair loss.
- Period problems.
- A Deepened voice.
- Loss of breasts.
- Increased sex drive.
Like many other drugs, anabolic steroids are addictive. That means that you might crave to have the drug, especially when you stop using it. If you suddenly stop taking steroids you can get many side effects, it is recommended to stop using steroids step by step, slowly decreasing the dose and over time you can stop taking them. It can be very hard because someone addicted to steroids will want to keep using them, even if he or she is experiencing side effects.
The sudden stop of taking steroids can cause these symptoms:
- Decreased sex drive.
- Muscle and joint pain.
- Lack of concentration.
Why people are taking anabolic steroids
The most common reasons why people are taking anabolic steroids are to increase strength and endurance, grow muscle mass quicker. People want fast results and training naturally can take years until you will achieve your dream goals. Anabolic steroids can speed up this process drastically. Every day more and more people start taking steroids despite the damage steroids cause to their health.
Are anabolic steroids legal
In UK anabolic steroids are classed as class C drugs and can be sold by a pharmacist with a prescription. It is legal for personal use. However, you can’t post or send steroids with a courier. It is illegal to sell them or give them to a friend.
In USA anabolic steroids are illegal to possess, manufacture or distribute. Same as the UK and other European countries you are allowed to use steroids if you have a medical condition and have a prescription from a doctor.
People do not realize that while steroids are building their dream bodies, steroids are rotting them from inside, damaging their organs and increased risk of cancer, heart attack, and stroke. Training and going to the gym should be all about a healthy lifestyle and better health, not just about looking good and especially not about damaging your health.
Some people thinking that steroids are just sport supplement and steroids are not harmful and that lack of information can be paid at a very high price in the future. After reading this article you know what is anabolic steroids and anabolic steroids side effects and hopefully, this information will be valuable for you and help you to make the right decision.
If you are trying to live a healthier lifestyle, please never try using steroids and look after yourself. I know, sometimes it can be really hard when you don’t see results you are expecting fast, but belief in me with your persistence and consistency with good diet and training you still can achieve your dream body and at the same time feel good and be healthy. Yes, it might take some time, maybe longer than you expected, but you will definitely get there.
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,
Founder of ihealthylifestyle