Dangers of Steroids

Anabolic steroids cause many different types of problems. Some of the common side effects are:

Acne

Premature balding or hair loss

Weight gain

Mood swings

Aggression

Problems sleeping

High blood pressure

Greater chance of injuring muscles and tendons

Jaundice (yellowing of the skin); liver damage

Stunted growth

Increased risk of developing heart disease, blood clots, stroke, and some types of cancer

Risks for Girls

Specific risks for girls associated with anabolic steroids include:

increased facial and body hair growth

development of masculine traits, such as deepening of the voice, and loss of feminine body characteristics, such as shrinking of the breasts

enlargement of the clitoris

menstrual cycle changes

Risks for Guys

Specific risks for guys include:

testicular shrinkage

pain when urinating

breast development

impotence (inability to get an erection)

reduced sperm count and infertility

Strong Alternatives to Steroids

Anabolic steroid use is illegal and banned by professional sports organizations and medical associations. In spite of this, some athletes continue to take steroids because they think it gives them a competitive advantage. As seen in high-profile cases, if an athlete is caught using steroids, his or her career can be destroyed. And there are serious health consequences.

When it comes right down to it, harming your body or getting disqualified aren’t smart ways to try to improve your athletic performance. Being a star athlete means working hard and training the healthy way: eating the right foods, practicing, and strength training without the use of drugs.

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