Facts of Anabolic Steroids
What are Anabolic Steroids?
Are there any Slang Terms?
What are the effects of taking them?
Some of the most dangerous consequences of steroid abuse include kidney impairment or failure; damage to the liver; cardiovascular problems including enlargement of the heart, high blood pressure, and changes in blood cholesterol leading to an increased risk of stroke and heart attack. Also there are gender specific effects:
Effects for girls: Growth of facial hair, baldness, permanently deepened voice.
Effects for guys: Baldness, development of breasts, and an increased rick of prostate cancer.
Steroids can also effect your mood and can induce manic-like symptoms leading to violence. Steroids can alter the limbic system, that can influence mood.
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Olympians and Steroids
This is a true story of how Anabolic Steroids ruined an athlete's life:
By Sara Bellum
July 24, 2013
The lure of Olympic Gold is strong among amateur athletes all over the world. People toil from childhood for the chance to stand atop the podium and hear their national anthem playing in their honor. Unfortunately, the drive to win a medal leads some athletes to use illegal substances to enhance their performance. SBB has talked about doping, or abusing steroids, in cycling and baseball—but now, American track and field Olympians are under fire.
In mid-July, U.S. sprinter Tyson Gay tested positive for banned drugs, according to a drug test conducted by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. He has not said what he tested positive for and expects his second sample test results to clear his name. It is believed that he received “anti-aging” treatment—a therapy that uses hormones such as testosterone and human growth hormone—which may have led to the positive test. Such treatments are banned by the Olympics.
Gay isn’t the only Olympian facing this problem. In spring 2013, Jamaica suspended several athletes, including sprinter Asafa Powell, former 100-meter record holder; Veronica Campbell-Brown, a three-time gold medalist in the 200-meter; and Sherone Simpson, 4x100 relay gold medalist, for testing positive for banned substances.