Steroids "a Dangerous Game" Essay

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What are steroids? Steroids are a drug that are mainly used by people who are involved in sports. They are also used by people who are affiliated with making themselves stronger.Steroids are drugs that are injected into the body, usually through the anus with hypodermic needles.The drug is chemical hormone. Steroids control growth, metabolism, and blood chemistry. The two main kinds of steroids are corticosteroids and sex steroids.

Corticosteroids are released by the adrenal gland. Corticosteroids help to regulate protein and carbohydrate metabolism. They also influence the body's mineral and water balance in both males and females.

The sex steroid is also produced in the …show more content…

In 1956, American doctor John B. Zieglar worked with a drug company to produce anabolic steroids in the United States. Professional athletes particularly football players, began using anabolic steroids as early as the 1960s.

The health dangers of anabolic steroids were not yet recognized, and athletes obtained steroids from team doctors.

When state laws were passed against steroids in the 1960s a black market or illegal trade began for steroids. Steroids eventually found their way into school level athletic programs at both college and high school levels.

Dangers of steroids. Some physical and side effects of steroid use . Some temporary, things like hair loss, nose bleeds, acne, high blood pressure. Long lasting side effects are things like higher tolerance for pain, increased or lowered sex drive, sterility, impotence, increased appetite, and insomnia. In male users anabolic steroids can cause the penis to enlarge and the testicles to shrink.

The permanent irreversible physical side effects of steroid use are much more serious. Anabolic steroids can increase the levels of fat in the blood, users are at risk of heart attacks and other heart problems. Steroids can cause liver and kidney disease - including cancer and hepatitis. A condition called gynecomastia - breast development in boys and men -

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