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The Physical & Mental Effects of Steroids

With Alex Rodriguez‘s lawsuit against Major League Baseball filed on Monday, January 13, 2014, illegal steroid use is once again a topic of public conversation. If you’re an athlete who is taking steroids or considering starting, it’s important to understand the effects of steroids, both mental and physical.

What are Steroids?

Anabolic steroids are the type commonly abused by athletes and others. They are synthetic types of testosterone, the male hormone that both men and women (to a lesser extent) naturally produce. Anabolic steroids are prescribed as treatment for medical conditions like muscle wasting in AIDs, loss of testicular function, and delayed puberty. Doctors are not permitted to prescribe anabolic steroids for performance-enhancing purposes — and taking anabolic steroids without a prescription is illegal.

The Effects of Steroids

Our hormones control our body’s basic functions — which means that unnecessarily adding more testosterone to your system can throw off the balance of hormones and have a wide range of effects throughout your body. Some effects of steroids will be experienced by all steroid abusers, while others are specific to certain sexes and age groups.

Physical Effects of Steroids: MenWorcester, MA | The Physical & Mental Effects of Steroids

A man using performance-enhancing drugs may experience the following effects of steroids:

  • Impotence
  • Decreasing sperm count
  • Infertility
  • Painful erections
  • Development of breasts
  • Shrinking testicles

Physical Effects of Steroids: Women

The effects of steroids on women are as follows:

  • Reduced breast size
  • Rapid growth of face & body hair
  • Deepening of the voice
  • Irregularities in menstrual cycle
  • Enlarged clitoris

Physical Effects of Steroids: Men & Women

These physical effects of steroids may be experienced by both male and female abusers:

  • Balding
  • Oily skin & scalp
  • Heart attack
  • Yellowing of the skin (jaundice)
  • Acne
  • Frequent nosebleeds
  • Weakened immune system
  • High levels of LDL or “bad” cholesterol
  • Enlarged heart
  • Increased risk of liver disease or cancer
  • Tendon rupture & less joint flexibility

Physical Effects of Steroids: Teenagers

In teens, the following physical effects of steroids may manifest:

  • Slowing bone growth, leading to short height
  • In girls: long-term masculinization

Mental Effects of Steroids

The effects of steroids aren’t just limited to the medical and physical — there are also mental repercussions to steroid abuse, such as:

  • Frequent, severe mood swings ranging from depression to intense rage
  • Violent behaviors
  • Feelings of paranoia, edginess, & impatience
  • Delusions
  • Obsessive behavior relating to body image, exercising, & dieting

Beyond these psychological effects of steroids, they can have a direct effect on a career, too — since the use of performance-enhancing drugs is illegal, athletes can be suspended and eventually terminated for anabolic steroid abuse.

Notice the Effects of Steroids in Someone?

If you have noticed a pattern of the above symptoms in someone you know, they could be abusing anabolic steroids. Recognizing the effects of steroids isn’t enough — when you suspect an athlete of steroid use, it’s important to have them tested for steroids, especially if they are a teenager. If you catch abuse early, you can prevent the physical and mental effects of steroids from fully taking hold.

You can get quick, reliable steroid testing in Worcester, MA at ARCpoint Labs. Call (774) 314-9551 or contact ARCpoint Labs of Worcester today to learn more about the effects of steroids or our steroid testing services.

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