Arguments and Counter-Arguments Over the Use of Steroids
There are many arguments and counter-arguments over the uses of steroids. When someone mentions the word “Steroids,” what immediately comes to our minds are the images of muscular and hot bodies that are sculpted to look like Greek statues. The fact is that steroids are not just drugs that give you lean muscular mass and more athletic prowess; steroids can also be found in many medicines used to treat osteoporosis, weight loss, breast cancer, and in anti-inflammatory painkillers (Cortisone).
In fact, small doses of steroids can be even found in medicines as simple as harmless cough syrups. However, there are types of steroids that bodybuilders and athletes use, which are called anabolic androgenic steroids. It is this type of steroids that are often abused by people to gain faster results, and this over-use can land them in serious health troubles.
These anabolic steroids are prescribed by doctors for boys that have problems during puberty like underdevelopment of male sexual characteristics. Anabolic steroids are given to these boys to increase the levels of the testosterone hormone, which is responsible for muscle growth and masculine features. Since, testosterone plays a pivotal rule in the development of muscles, sex drive and energy, bodybuilders and athletes abuse steroids to increase testosterone levels, thereby, achieving faster muscular growth and increased athletic performance (the abuse of steroids like any other drug abuse may cause serious health issues and one may even end up getting into a drug rehab).
There is a huge debate in the athletic and bodybuilding circuits as well as within the medical communities regarding the advantages and disadvantage of steroid use and abuse. To evaluate whether using steroids is right or wrong, we have to study the cons and pros of steroid usage before coming to a conclusion. The following is a list of the pros and cons of steroids:
- Increased and faster muscle growth
- A leaner, muscular body that looks like it has been sculpted.
- Increased sex drive and energy.
- Increase in athletic prowess due to better muscle mass and higher energy levels.
- A new found confidence in self arising out of the gain in looks and vigor.
Like any other drug abuse, using steroids may cause serious after-effects:
Common for Men and Women
- Increased risk of muscle tears, tendon injuries and nose bleeds.
- Muscle cramps and aching joints
- Bad breath.
- Hair loss and acne.
- Increase in risk of liver, kidney and cardiovascular diseases. Increased risk of cancer.
- Mania, depression and Psychosis.
- Decrease in the size of the testicles, and increase in risk of prostate cancer.
- Growth of breasts (Gynecomastia).
- Increase in risk of osteoporosis, and cervical and endometrial cancer.
- Increase in the size of the clitoris.
- Increase in male characteristics like facial and body hair, and increase in the deepening and hoarsening of the voice. Decrease in the size of the breasts.
- Uterine atrophy and Amenorrhea.
The cons of steroid abuse far outnumber the pros, and this is why all athletic and bodybuilding organizations and governments prohibit the use of steroids without doctors’ advice. Systematic training with proper diet will ensure positive results that are long lasting and devoid of side effects. At the end of it all, what is the use of gaining an unfair advantage over others at the cost of reducing your life span every time you use steroids? The money and glory do not stay long, and you will only have a malfunctioning body in the later stages of life.