Effects of Anabolic Steroids
Consequences of steroids can be extremely detrimental to those who are taking them, whether they are athletes or not. The effects range from team dismissals and fines to actual physical harm to the person’s body.
Anabolic steroids are most often taken to gain some sort of advantage in the sports world, whether it be strength gains or for aesthetic appearance. However, the consequences that result from taking these banned substances can be career ending and potentially life ending. There are a few main effects that can be the result of taking these substances.
Failed Drug Test:
Drug testing is becoming more popular at all levels of competition, even the high school level. They are also becoming more effective because they are catching up to the masking agents that they had previously not been able to detect consistently. This is huge for athletes because at most levels of competition using these banned substances results in possible suspensions and fines and in some cases dismissal from a team. For high school athletes, this can be career ending because they no longer have the exposure to get to the college level.
In many cases the individuals are well aware of what they are putting into their bodies. However, due to labeling laws products can contain a certain amount of anabolic steroids without putting them on the label. In very fine print it may say contains ingredients that could have possible anabolic effects. This is misleading because even for the general population who are just looking to gain a little muscle. They are actually putting these substances into their bodies.
There is a group that does banned substance testing called the Banned Substance Control Group (BSCG). They test each batch of products that contain their seal of approval, meaning that those products do not contain any banned substances including anabolic steroids.
When you are taking steroids it allows you to put on muscle at a more rapid pace when training compared to without the substance. That means that you can drastically increase your muscle mass with proper resistance training. This can be potentially harmful to your body though because the structures that provide your body with stability cannot keep up with this pace. That means these tendons and ligaments can have structural damage more easily resulting in injuries. This can be very detrimental to an athlete.
Due to the nature of these products and adding hormones to the body, they can actually cause some significant changes in both men and women. For men, the biggest change is in the actual testosterone produced by their bodies. Due to the influx of testosterone with the steroids, it shuts off the production by the body. Therefore, when they stop taking steroids they will not be producing much testosterone at all. This leads to atrophy of the testicles as well as an increase in breast tissue. They can also have a pitch increase with their voices.
For women, they will have the opposite effect. They can actually begin growing facial hair and their voice will deepen in pitch. For both, it can cause all sorts of damage to vital organs such as the kidneys, liver and heart.
Consequences of steroids arrive in a range of ways whether it is from a career standpoint or a physical standpoint. There are ways to have muscle gain without taking these banned substances, and there are products that are tested by a control group.
The Facts About Anabolic Steroids
Anyone involved in the world of bodybuilding, and competitive sport generally, will understand the pressures that go with striving to achieve optimal performance. Sometimes athletes feel they cannot reach their peak without artificially enhancing their powers of recovery from intensive training. One way to speed up this process is through the use of anabolic steroids. In this article we’ll examine what anabolic steroids actually do. In a second article we’ll focus on the dangers associated with steroid use.
The main active ingredient in steroids is testosterone which is well known as the major male hormone. Testosterone affects the body in two ways, either as an anabolic or an androgenic influence. The anabolic action helps build body tissue by increasing lean muscle mass and bone density. The androgenic actions are those that affect secondary sex characteristics in men.
In recent years research has provided some interesting information in relation to testosterone:
1. It affects muscle size through muscle fiber hypertrophy with an increase in the cross-sectional area of muscle fiber.
2. It takes a dose of at least 300 milligrams of testosterone to raise the body’s level above normal.
3. It acts directly on the muscle itself.
4. It stimulates the release of growth hormone.
5. It has an anti-catabolic effect.
From these facts we can deduce that testosterone is an effective aid to muscle building and that it must be taken in significant quantities to have this effect. As far as bodybuilding is concerned the science beyond this is somewhat limited as most users base their steroid regimes on little more than trial and error or the advice of ‘veterans’. Due to the illegal nature of steroid use little scientific data exists to confirm the effectiveness of the many steroid supplements in use.
It is perhaps the tendency of some bodybuilders to use a combination of powerful steroids and other drugs that presents the very real dangers that have sometimes led to tragic conquences.