With professional sport getting more and more competitive, the use of Anabolic Steroids has skyrocketed over the last 20 years. People want to see bigger, faster and stronger athletes that smash records every year, a lot of these athletes feel as if they have no choice, they either use Anabolic Steroids and strive in their sporting career or they choose not to and don’t do as well as the other guys using Steroids.
Steroids have been around since the early 1930’s; the first Steroid ever produced was a synthetic form of Testosterone which was produced by a man by the name of Dr. Ruziicka. By the 1940’s injections of Testosterone Propionate were given to humans in the Soviet Union. During this time the Soviet Union dominated the athletics and this was all thanks to Anabolic Steroids.
Today there are many different types of Anabolic Steroids available, these come in forms of pills, injections and creams. All these different forms of Steroids weren’t invented to be used by athletes and bodybuilders, they were all first produced to help with certain medical conditions such as HIV/AIDS, Anemia and a lot more. Once athletes and bodybuilders discovered the effects Steroids could have on their career, the use on Anabolic Steroids increased greatly. However these days its not only bodybuilders and athletes who use Steroids, with exercise becoming very popular and people taking more pride in their bodies, the use of Steroids amongst the average person in the gym has also shot up, everyone wants a body that people will envy, but no one wants to wait to achieve this, so they resort to Steroid use, the problem with this is most of them have no idea what they are doing and will inject just about anything or swallow any pill, this is when Steroids get dangerous, some guys permanently damage their bodies because they didn’t bother researching first.
When someone uses Steroids for a period of time, this is called a Steroid cycle. The most common way to use Anabolic Steroids is by using an injectable Steroid along with an oral Steroid. The reason for this is injectable Steroids can take up to 6 weeks to take effect, whilst oral Steroids start working within a few days. The downside to oral Steroids is they can be quite harsh on the liver, and for this reason it is always recommended to never use an oral Steroid for longer than 4 to 6 weeks. The injectable Steroid however is used for between 10 and 16 weeks most of the time. Dosages depend on how experienced a user is. A 250 lb professional bodybuilder will obviously use much higher dosages than a first time user. It is when professional bodybuilders start taking such high dosages that Steroids get a bad name, taking Anabolic Steroids at extremely high dosages can cause life threatening side effects, and in fact a lot of bodybuilders do die from abusing Steroids.
Steroids can cause many side effects such as Heart problems, kidney and liver problems, Acne, Aggression, Gynecomastia, immune system problems, blood clotting problems, hair loss, insomnia, jaundice and depression. While some of these side effects are not so serious, others are life threatening.
The problem with Steroid use is that the side effects can come much later in life, you might take Steroids while you are 18 and get zero side effects, but 20 years down the line you could have a heart attack which could have been a result from the Steroid use.