Essay on Steroids

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Have you ever thought of doing serious weight training to give yourself a better muscular build? Have you ever thought steroids would be a helpful tool in doing so? If you have you must know that steroids are a deadly and illegal drug. After reading my paper I hope that the thought of using steroids will leave your mind forever and encourage you to keep others of them. To understand why you should stay off steroids you must first know what steroids are. The steroid of which you hear most are called, “anabolic steroids.” This kind of steroid is called anabolic because anabolic means, “building up.” They can also be called, “juice”(Mohun 21). They are a synthetic form of testosterone, the male sex hormone, that can be taken in pill or…show more content…
Females undergo changes that make them more like men due to the testosterone being in their system. They have a deepened voice, hair growth, acne, and infertility (Monroe 18,35). Also steroids turn cartilage to bone, stunting growth (Rojak 25). Many of the early side effects can be reversed but long terms ones can be very damaging (Cowart and Yesalis 2). The more serious symptoms that both sexes undergo are kidney, liver, and heart disease. Tumors can be formed in the kidney and liver due to steroid use (Monroe 35). Knowing that you can weigh the pros and cons I will now tell you why people use them in the first place. Steroids are used by some high school students who are seeking scholarships or other rewards. Many coaches think that if the whole team is on them that their level of play can be raised 10% (Rojak 18). They are also used at the professional level to increase performance. Steroids are also illegal in the Olympic games. In 1988 Ben Johnson got his gold medal taken away when a test showed he was on steroids. Many athletes feel that if they aren’t using steroids they are at a disadvantage. Now that we know why they are used, we must find out who uses them exactly. Males make up 95% of total users, and 65% of those are athletes. The number of females using

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