Anabolic Steroids

By: Sarah Boyle, 1st hour

What IS an Anabolic Steroid? What's the difference between just a regular Steroid and an Anabolic Steroid?

A normal Steroid is a drug that is built to help with skin problems, pain, and asthma. Natural steroids are a natural substance located in the body to help people grow or relieve stress. But Anabolic Steroids are meant to enhance muscle size and strength. Anabolic Steroids contain the male sex hormone testosterone, and is normally abused by athletes to make them better at athletic activity. It is injected into the body by swallowing a pill or a needle shot.

Short Term/Long Term Effects

The effects are different from male and female, but some effects include in both genders:
Short Term
acne, mood swings, hair loss, fluid retention, rapid weight gain, increased blood levels/cholesterol levels, increase muscle size, swelling of the ankles/feet, and a better healing rate and appetite
Long Term
Men grow breasts and testicles are shrunk, Women grow facial hair and a deepened voice, Increase risk of viral infections, hepatitis b and c, cancer, and HIV, and decreased amount in sex cells/hormones

Abuse & Signs

They are also known as Arnolds, Juice, Gym Candy, Stackers, Pumpers, Roids, Beef-Roids, Hype, Gear, & Weight Trainers


Steroids can lead to severe physical and psychological changes. It may be cool to get a 6 pack, but think about the future, the side effects, and it's actually obvious that a person's taken steroids. I'm sorry, but...
<- People are not going to like that over beefy, pure muscle look.
Stay away from steroids. Even if you think you need it, you really don't!