Steroid Effects and Abuse
Stacking is taking multiple types of steroids at once or mixing oral and injectable formulations. Many steroid abusers believe stacking increases results, but this method has not been scientifically proven.
This involves taking multiple doses of steroids over a specific period of time, stopping for a period, and starting again.
Typically involves taking them in a cycle of six to 12 weeks, tapering gradually rather than starting and finishing a cycle abruptly.
Why Abusing Steroids Builds A House Of Cards
Anabolic steroids are either prescribed or illegally obtained by individuals who want to appear stronger and develop muscle mass in a short period of time, often resulting in increased confidence and self-esteem. There are over 100 types of anabolic steroids, only a fraction of which have been approved for medical use.
Many users start with the oral form and then progress to injectable forms, since the latter causes less liver damage. However, oral steroids clear more rapidly from the body, often making this the preferred route for users concerned with drug testing. Doses taken by people misusing these substances can be 10 to 100 times higher than the doses used to treat medical conditions.
Methods Of Intake
And The Side Effects That Come With Them
Steroids are often injected through a needle directly into the bloodstream (intravenouly) or directly into the muscle (intramusclarly)
Can cause infection, pain, and blood clots in the area of injection for days at a time
Steroids can come in a pill or tablet form, that is taken orally
Damages the immune system and risk of heartburn and indegestion
Steroids can take the form of a cream that is rubbed directly onto the skin, and absorbed by the body
Often causes skin irritation with little to no positive results
Rapid weight gain
Steroids have been known to effect metabolism and the doposite of fat in the body. This means fat can build up in places like your abdomen, and other particular places that is not ideal for the user.
Increased blood pressure and cholesterol levels
One effect of injecting steroids is the body retains fluids. This can creat a chain affect, in the sense that when there is more fluid in the bloodstream, blood pressure rises. These drugs can also raise LDL and HDL cholesterol levels, wihch can cause type 2 diabetes and obesity.
Certain types of steroids, such as corticosteroids can over stimulate the mind and body with stress which keeps the user awake. This leads to insomnia, and unpleasent dreams when sleep finally dawns.
Cardiovascular, liver, and reproductive organ damage
The habitual use of steroids has serious and harmful effects on organs, even the kidneys. It can cause damage to the kidneys when they are overworked while steroids are in use.
Premature heart attacks and strokes
Taking high doses of steroids has been proven to increase not only the risk of heart attacks and strokes, but also heart disease and heart failure.
When injecting: bacterial infections, abscesses, cellulitis, and HIV/AIDS
There are types of steroids that work to break down the immune system, making the body more prone to infections, inflammation, and disease. The drugs reduce the chemicals in the body that are used to fight off the infection, and control white blood cells.
1. Anabolic steroids can be authorized by a doctor in the case of delayed puberty, cancer, or AIDs, but should never be self-prescribed.
2. The possession or sale of anabolic steroids in the United States without a prescription is illegal.
3. Athletes who use injectable anabolic steroids in high school have tested positive in collegiate drug tests – months after they stop injecting steroids.
4. Steroid use among teens has seen a slight increased in the last few years. In 2010, 2% of high school seniors admitted to trying steroids. However, 2.1% percent had experimented with them in 2013.
5. A program has been developed for both male and female high school sport teams (ATLAS for men, ATHENA for women) for coaches and leaders to enforce the danger in using these drugs. So far, new steroid use has decreased by 50% amongst these teens.
6. Steroids are serious drugs and drugs are addictive. Discontinuing use often leads to withdrawal and depression, which creates a lack of physical drive or social interaction among users.
7. Often times, drug abusers of steroids take 10 to 100 times more than would be prescribed by a physician to treat a condition or illness.
There are other options that are a safer choice
Steroids are prescribed by doctors and have their place in medicine for the benefits they offer. There are alternatives to steroid use that offer some of the same benefits.
An example of such products can be found at health food stores, and nutrition centers that focus on weighlifting and other high impact sports. Products like ‘D-Bal’, which is a natural version of Dianabol.
Dianabol products mimic some of the same beneficial effects of steroids, without the damaging effects on the body.