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We regularly read in news articles, the use of anabolic steroids or performance enhancing drugs by elite athlete. But you should know that these dangerous drugs are more and more used by children in college, high-school and middle school.
Anabolic steroids are synthetic derivatives of testosterone. Testosterone is a male sex hormone. Steroids help to create new proteins to increase the size and strength of muscles. The body is already doing this process naturally but steroids increase the activity of this normal process. It’s easy to find performance enhancing drugs in communities, gyms or internet.
Steroids are consumed orally or by injection. Anabolic steroids in themselves aren’t effective. However, when they’re used at the same time with a strength training, they increase the strength in an impressive way.
Performance enhancing drugs allow an athlete to have bigger and more powerful muscles, but users may have deadly health problems. Performance enhancing drugs have several side effects that continue to work even after you stop using them. Users are also more likely to have risky behaviors such as having unsafe sex or taking illegal drugs.
Symptoms of use of anabolic steroids are :
Acne (often severe) visible on the face and back
Severe mood change such as extreme agression or suicidal behavior
Premature balding, breast enlargement (gynecomastia), irreversible shrinking of testicules in boys.
Deeper voice, shrinking breast and clitoral enlargement in girls
Dangerous enlargement of the heart that can increase bad cholesterol and blood pressure.
Irreversible liver damage
In children, premature closure of the growth plates, stopping normal growth of bones.
A reason to take anabolic steroids
Anabolic steroids may be advisable for people who have lost testicular function like men with a testicular tumor. They’re also advised in some type of anemia to stimulate the bone morrow.
It’s necessary to realize that the problems of performance enhancing drugs aren’t solely related to elite athletes. Childen are also exposed to this every day. Ask kids what they know about these drugs. Ask them if they know anyone in their school class who uses these drugs. Ask them if they know the dangers of these drugs. If you think that your children or children in your family might be experiencing these drugs, talk to your doctor.
It’s also important to talk to coaches and ask them if leagues or schools require annual physical exams for athletes. A physical examination by a doctor can detect the use of performance enhancing drugs in ahtletes (doping test). Ask coaches if any of their athletes have experienced performance enhancing drugs.
As many as four 4 american children and teens are using performance enhancing drugs such as anabolic steroids.
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