Educate yourself properly on the bad side effects of steroids. Steroids are quite common in the world of body building and sports of all kinds.
Everyone reacts differently to anabolic steroids and therefore can end up with many of the different side effects of anabolic steroids that someone else may not experience.
It's long been known that continuous use of anabolic steroids in the body building world is strongly linked to numerous negative side effects of anabolic steroids.
A lot of these negative effects of steroids are not predictable on the basis of the dose or frequency with which they are used.
Most body builders are not educated on the use of steroids, because of legal implications of course, so these potentially dangerous products are taken without any supervision from an experienced and qualified doctor.
This is the main reason for so many bad side effects of steroids. In addition to steroids being illegal for use in the first place, there have been many reports of serious illness or deaths resulting from their use.
Anabolic steroids may falsely increase the perception of strength and cause those involved in recreational body building to try and lift heavier weights than physically possible.
So one of the negative side effects of steroids in this case is the possibility of torn muscles and ruptured tendons, more specifically tears of your biceps and deltoids, because the strength of muscles increases more rapidly than the strength of tendons.
More negative effects of steroids include an impairment of the immune system. Unfortunately this serious problem is not usually detected until after the use of steroids has stopped.
For all people involved in body building or any sport for that matter, it's critical to your success to protect your immune system. When body building you are placing your body under tremendous stress that you may not realize.
Negative side effects of steroids also include the possible transmission of hepatitis B and AIDS from sharing needles or even just the drugs themselves.
More negative effects of steroids include the development of various cancers associated with the use of anabolic steroids. This includes, but is not limited to liver, cardiovascular, hormonal, reproductive and nervous systems.
The most frequently reported side effects of anabolic steroids are listed below.
Many of these negative effects of steroids are reversible when the steroids are discontinued, but be aware that some can also be permanent or irreversible.
It's been found that if steroids are used in young athletes, whether they are involved in body building or any sport, that the steroids will limit final body height because steroids cause an early end to bone growth.
Clearly, the negative effects of steroids far outweigh any benefits anabolic steroids may offer to anyone involved in body building.
As mentioned before one of the most common negative side effects of steroids involve liver dysfunction. This serious medical problem occurs frequently in body building with those who use oral anabolic steroids and it may cause jaundice.
Peliosis hepatitis, a condition where blood filled cysts develop within the liver, has also been reported in addition to the bad side effects of steroids mentioned above.
The negative effects of steroids involving the cardiovascular system in both men and women include High Blood Pressure Symptoms, increases in serum cholesterol concentration and serum LDL (the bad cholesterol), and a decrease in serum HDL (the good cholesterol).
Heart attacks, strokes, and blood clots in the lungs have also been reported as direct bad side effects of steroids.
The bad side effects of steroids involving the hormonal system in men include decreased natural testosterone production, decreased sperm count, production of abnormal sperm and shrinkage of the testes.
Breast tissue enlargement problems are also common side effects of anabolic steroids in men as is acne, glucose intolerance, and baldness.
The negative side effects of steroids in a woman's hormonal system is slightly different and includes a thickening of the vocal cords resulting in a deeper male voice, male pattern baldness, facial hair growth and enlargement of the clitoris, all of which are irreversible bad side effects of steroids in a woman.
Other negative side effects of steroids in women include breast tissue shrinkage, menstrual irregularities, infertility, glucose intolerance and extreme acne.
Perhaps the most significant short-term bad side effects of steroids are the psychologic changes associated with anabolic steroid use.
For both men and women in body building who use anabolic steroids there is increased aggression, rage reactions ("roid rage"), altered libido, anxiety and panic disorders, psychosis ("body building psychosis"), depression, mania and various types of addictions.
Again, these negative side effects of steroids are undesirable for anyone in body building or any other aspect of life. It is extremely important to note that many of the bad side effects of steroids may cause permanent impairment, and some are potentially, if not outright, lethal.
Side effects of anabolic steroids that are irreversible include:
Side effects of anabolic steroids that may be reversible include:
Psychological Side Effects Of Anabolic Steroids:
There are many so-called steroid alternatives on the market that claim to give you the positive benefits of steroids (increased muscle, strength, etc.) without any of the bad side effects of anabolic steroids but don't fall for them.
It's almost a daily occurrence in the world of body building where someone gets arrested for selling steroids. This shows just how wide spread this problem is.
So keep in mind that in addition to the many bad side effects of anabolic steroids, there are serious legal problems that can occur. In another body building section on this site we discuss some of the legal problems as well.
More and more famous athletes, not involved in body building are being discovered as steroid users. It's surprising with all of the information on anabolic steroids including the various bad side effects of anabolic steroids & legal implications that so many professional people continue to use them.
Anabolic steroids are controlled substances and using them is punishable by law in most countries. Period. As mentioned above, the subject of steroid legality is discussed in further detail elsewhere in our body building section.
Some of the additional bad side effects of steroids result from the few very dishonest people out there who go of their way to use other chemicals that act like anabolic steroids but aren't really the same thing.
This is very dangerous practice and can lead to the most dangerous bad side effects of steroids you can experience.
This type of steroid includes prescription drugs, different types of veterinary medications, unapproved & untested drugs and some body builder supplements.
The government recently completed a decades long study and collected more than 3,000 drug samples from the so-called black market.
The resulting tests found that many of these anabolic steroids used in body building were not actually steroids at all, but other prescription drugs that had the potential to be more dangerous than many of the negative side effects of steroids themselves.
Earlier we discussed the more serious bad side effects of steroids but here is general list of some additional negative side effects of steroids ranging from minor to the most severe.
There are other Body Building Risk factors to be aware of as well.