The word anabolic steroid typically applies to synthetic properties associated to naturally producing male hormone such as testosterone, which could be termed as anabolic steroid in the true means. “Anabolic” means creating tissues in muscles. Anabolic properties are effective stimulators of protein synthesis and thus for muscle building. Typically, anabolic steroids are androgenic, which means it helps to intensify male characteristics such as muscle, body hair, male genitalia, and deepening voice.
These steroids are prescribed drugs which have various medical uses for the treatment of osteoporosis delayed puberty and wasting conditions. But anabolic steroids are usually legally banned for without prescription use. Commonly bodybuilders and weight lifters use it for enhancing their bodily features.
List of Legal Steroids
Besides the common steroids found in the market, there are other various steroids which are being constantly developed by pharmacist. There is a list of names those are available in the market:
Use of Anabolic steroids may lead to various side effects on the body more so negative ones too, check the following list:
- Gynecomastia or testicles shrinking in men
- In women change of voice tone and increase of body hair
- Increase of facial hair, problems in or cessation of the menstrual cycle in women
- Heart problems, including stroke or heart attack
- Liver problems, including liver failure and cancer
Excessive use of steroids can lead to turn off natural production of testosterone in the body, thereby shrinking them. Men can experience Gynecomastia sue to increase of estrogen hormone in the bloodstream. Estrogen is use for anabolic steroid metabolism which is called aromatization. Side effects like breast enlargement can be permanent without plastic surgery. That’s why steroid users take other drugs to avoid these side effects.
Substantially in the present days, steroids usage for recreational purpose has increased specially among young men. In combination steroid use with other anabolic properties and supplements, often by uninformed men can lead to toxic effects on the body and these men rely on resources for safety advice such as supplement sellers and others.
How Athletes Use Steroids?
The intake of steroids by professional bodybuilders and athletes are very common, especially sportspersons for those who essentially need speed and strength for competitive characteristics. The benefits of expanding muscle mass and decreasing the body fat, which is acceptable in all type of sports and in bodybuilding competition. Steroid intake in sport is actually illegal and sportspersons may be tested before playing. There are many famous examples, like Ben Johnson, the Canadian athlete who won the Olympic gold medal 100 meters in 1988, consumed stanozolol and was banned eventually.
In the recent time, professional athletes try to avoid the common steroids and intake more refined and safe methods, however including natural testosterone and other human growth hormone, which are difficult to expose in blood tests or urine tests. Anabolic steroids can be easily detectible, although there are masking agents that have been used and succeeded.
Types of Steroids
Typically, it can be consumed orally in pill form or can be injected in the body, the oral method includes high risk of liver damage and some steroids are destructed in the stomach and cause digestive irritation. Thus, the most potent method of consuming many anabolic steroids is by injecting them directly into the body, although needles can have their own health hazards. Recently creams and gels that are absorbed in the skin are popular these days.
Stacking with other drugs is another approach of taking two or more oral or injectable steroids at the same time for better results.
Cycling another method and the most popular one. Cycling consists taking the steroid course, stopping in the middle to recover natural body processes and after that again commencing.