What are steroids?
There are many naturally and synthetically produced steroids. Anabolic steroids are the one used to increase muscle size and enhance athletic performance. “Anabolic” refers to the body process of building up tissue rather than breaking it down. Many anabolic steroids are chemically similar to testosterone. Anabolic steroid are usually injected.
Risks related to anabolic steroid use:
Here are some side effects and risks associated with steroid use:
- Liver problems, especially for gay men taking other drugs that interact with the liver and for men who consume alcohol or have chronic hepatitis B or C infections.
- Change in blood pressure.
- Muscular weakness.
- Sharing needles can be dangerous.
- Osteoporosis and joint damage result.
- Skin bruises more easily. Wounds heal slowly.
- Your body produces fewer disease-fighting antibodies, making you more susceptible to viral, bacterial and fungal infections.
- Some people develop agitation, euphoria, insomnia, and, rarely, psychosis, feelings of anger, rage and anxiety.
- Urinary and bowel problems, such as diarrhea.
- Headaches, aching joints, and muscle cramps.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Increased risk of ligament and tendon injuries.
- Severe acne and/or baldness.
- Emotional problems
Emotional problems anabolic steroid use can cause:
In addition to some of the physical side effects that can result from steroid usage, there are numerous psychological problems that can also result. Some men report a feeling of increased energy during a cycle, especially in the beginning. However, this can lead to increased amounts of anger and rage, commonly referred to as “roid rages” that can occur as more of the substance builds up in your system.