A Brief Note On The Aids And Its Effects On The Body

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Ergogenic aids are any foreign products taken by athletes to enhance their physical performance or endurance during physical exercise. Ergogenic aids are formulated to positively alter the physiological process in the body thus offering an advantage edge to the user. These aids may include drugs that enhance performance or even supplements formulated for sporting athletes and are divided into three categories including mental, physiological and mechanical factors (Liddle, 2013). Mechanical factors are intended bring about lighter weight thus reduce friction while improving aerodynamics, physiological factors on the other hand are the nutritional or the pharmacological components of the aids while the mental factors involve psychological support, counseling or the personal support mostly offered by family members and friends. This shows that ergogenic aids could range from the use of legal avenues such as carbohydrate loading to techniques that are illegal and unsafe such as the use of anabolic-androgenic steroids. Anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) are the synthetic form of testosterone, the male hormone. Anabolic steroids have been used over time as legal prescriptions for conditions brought about by the deficiency of steroid hormone leading to a delayed puberty or diseases that cause a loss in body mass such as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and various forms of cancer. Despite the good therapeutic benefits offered by the anabolic androgenic steroids, some…
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