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Arrow BulletWhat Steroids Do To a Body

To try to achieve the muscular look, some people use anabolic steroids, a synthetic version of the male hormone, testosterone. Anabolic steroids are drugs with many dangerous side effects.

Psychological Side Effects of Steroids

  • edginess, impatience, paranoid feelings
  • severe mood swings including depression
  • obsession with body image, having to work out, and food
  • angry and violent outbursts known as "roid rage"
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General Physical Side Effects of Steroids

  • liver damage
  • kidney damage
  • increased blood pressure and cholesterol (risk for heart disease)
  • depressed immune system (risk for infections)
  • headache and stomach ache
  • nosebleeds
  • severe facial and body acne
  • decreased joint flexibility
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Additional Physical Side Effects of Steroids

In men:
  • breast enlargement
  • shrunken testicles
  • lowered sperm count
  • increased sex drive
  • decreased sexual performance - difficulty getting and maintaining erections

In women:

  • growth of facial and body hair
  • male pattern balding
  • development of Adam's apple
  • deepening of voice
  • enlargement of clitoris
  • abnormal or absent menstrual period
  • infertility

In teens:

  • stunted growth due to early closure of the growth centres in long bones
  • severe acne


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Is It Worth the Risk? Get All the Facts...

  • The side effects of steroids can be dangerous and permanent.
  • Your genetic makeup has a major role to play in your body shape and size. That's a fact even steroids can't change.
  • Anabolic steroids for the purpose of bodybuilding can only be obtained on the black market. Much of this supply is impure or unclean. Vials and needles are often shared.
  • Injection of steroids means increased risk of AIDS, and other diseases such as hepatitis.
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More Information on Body Image and Steroid Use

Working out to develop a strong, and healthy body is a
good thing... just remember there are more lasting ways to feel good about yourself and earn respect than muscles alone.
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