High School Athletic Dilemma – Steroids
What are steroids? Steroids are chemical compounds that are naturally produced by living things. An asteroid is a naturally occurring organic molecule with four carbon atoms arranged in a particular linear molecular structure. Steroids have traditionally had two primary biological functions: as messengers of messages to other cells; and as enhancers of the function of the intracellular membrane. Recently, we have learned that steroids also modulate androgen sensitivity in a human disease model.
In cell membranes, steroids and glycosyl ester are contained in clusters known as steroids. The most commonly used structural model for steroids is the C-ring system, in which the C ring is occupied by one or more glycidyl esters, and their ring is occupied by at least one glycosyl ester. Although in some models all C-rings and R-rings are formed, in others only some of the rings are active, while in still others only a single carbon atom, either hydrophobic (water-tolerant) or non-hydrophobic, is occupied by a glycidyl ester. Local production of steroids can be stimulated by intracerebroventricular infusion of non-saturated lipids, which in turn increases intracellular availability of steroids. Non-saturated lipids are lipid precursors, which are produced within the body.
Steroids may also be prescribed by doctors to treat acute injuries. But it is controversial whether they are effective in such cases. For example, athletes who suffer from acute injuries often need prolonged hospitalization and physiotherapy to facilitate rehabilitation. Doctors prescribe steroids for this purpose. But they are not advisable for long-term use because of their potential side effects on the kidneys, liver, blood clotting, and heart.
Corticosteroids can be used to treat a variety of inflammatory diseases. Chronic inflammation is a result of infection, injury, or an autoimmune disorder. In these conditions, the body’s immune system generates excess inflammatory chemicals. Corticosteroids reduce the production of these chemicals and inhibit the activity of inflammatory enzymes. Some of these enzymes, such as neutrophil elastase, have a role in immunity.
Normally, doctors recommend that patients with chronic diseases do not take steroids. Patients with certain serious illnesses, like cancer, tumors, HIV, and hepatitis B or C, are advised to remain under the care of a physician while taking steroids. For example, if you have cancer, your doctor may need you to stay under medical supervision for a minimum period of six months. In the case of HIV and hepatitis B and C, the recommended period of treatment is three to four months. People who have had liver transplants or had surgery involving the suppression of immunity are also advised not to take steroids for at least a year. Similarly, people with diabetes are restricted to a maximum period of three months of treatment during which they cannot take steroids.
In cases of acute injuries or emergency, the doctor may recommend that you stop taking oral steroids temporarily in order to avoid any possible complications and to allow your body to recover from the damage caused by the steroids. This temporary relief from steroids is called a “ceremony.” While a cortisone regimen can bring about some improvement in your pain or swelling, it will do nothing to reverse the damage that the steroids have already caused. When this happens, it is only a matter of time before the steroids cause more damage and continue to cause additional problems. If you feel that you need to stop taking oral steroids suddenly, follow the recommendations in this article and seek advice from a medical professional.
One of the possible side-effects associated with long-term steroid use is acne. People who take steroids to treat inflammatory diseases are at an increased risk of developing severe forms of acne. While this condition is most often found in teenagers, it has been known to show up in adults as well.
One of the possible side effects caused by long-term steroid use is a decrease in libido. This is a mild effect that usually occurs due to a lower dosage of the steroid. This decrease is not considered to be harmful unless it interferes with erectile function in men. The potential side effects caused by low testosterone levels are very serious. These include impotence, hair loss, decreased sex drive, and loss of bone density. It is very important that you consult your doctor when you are thinking of starting a strength-training regimen, as using steroids for prolonged periods could lead to a number of complications.