Side Effects Of Taking Steroids

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Updated: Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 11:15 [IST]
 
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Steroids are hormones that come from the adrenal glands. There are many types and uses of steroids. Body builders take steroids to get six pack abs. Just to build body mass, steroids have become one of the most commonly opted options among fitness freaks. Steroids help increase the muscle growth without working hard in the gym. Those who go for this shortcut method to get masculine body should read this. There are many negative side effects of taking steroids for body building. Lets check out...

Side effects of steroids in men:

Side Effects Of Taking Steroids

Impotency: Those who take excessive amount of steroids can suffer from impotency in the long run. Use of steroids can lead to shrinking of the testes, decrease in sperm count and lack of erection. Steroids are derivatives of testosterone (male hormone) and excessive use of misuse of this can lead to infertility in men.

Cardiovascular problems: According to doctors, excessive intake of this drug can increase cholesterol levels in the body, high blood pressure etc. Anabolic steroids especially have many side effects on the body. Steroids decrease the level of good cholesterol and increases the bad cholesterol levels. Bad cholesterol (LDL) promotes chronic and other heart diseases. If you take more anabolic steroids, the left ventricle will thicken and swell. This can lead to cardiac arrhythmias, or heart failure and in worse cases, death! So, think again if you want to go for shortcuts to get six pack abs like actors.

Hair loss: Many men complain of baldness or hairfall while taking steroids. One of the most common side effects of steroids is that it leads to hair loss in men. This is due to the enlargement of the sebaceous glands and decrease in the secretion of natural testosterone. These imbalances lead to hairfall, acne, skin allergies etc.

Pre-mature growth: Many youngsters take steroids to look mature and heavily built like actors. However, actors get the well built and shaped body with lots of exercise, perfect diet and weightlifting. To get the same body, youngsters started opting for shortcuts; steroids. One of the major side effects of steroids is, it often leads to pre-mature growth of the body. The vertical growth, pre-mature fusion of growth plates, sexual maturation and changes in behaviour are commonly observed after taking this drug.

These are few side effects of taking steroids. Bodybuilding is not easy and if you think shortcuts will work as they do not require hard effort then think again! Misuse or abuse of drugs like steroids can disrupt the growth cycle, damage the body internally and also lead to health problems in the later ages. Steroids are cheap and easily available in medical stores or online. That is why, men get tempted to go for this shortcut. However, your attractive physique is not as important as your health. So, think twice before taking steroid injections just to build body.

Topics: fitness, health
Story first published:  Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 10:53 [IST]
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