Anabolic steroids are the most popular steroid compounds. They work by driving up the amount of collagen, making the skin bigger and thicker. They also have other beneficial effects such as shortening the recovery period after an injury and speeding up wound healing. A steroid is a biologically inactive organic substance with four hydrophobic rings linked together in a particular molecular structure. Most steroids have two primary biological functions: as key components of cell membranes that change membrane permeability; and as metabolic signaling molecules.
When a person ingests an illegal steroid, the body immediately begins to manufacture cells in order to replace those that were damaged or killed during the attack. This results in the production of more steroids, which cause the user’s body to build up a large reserve of steroids, resulting in an extended “growth” phase that lasts until the user is using the steroids for longer periods. These side effects can cause both short-term and long-term health problems.
Short term effects of anabolic steroids include muscular weakness, swelling, weight loss, decreased sex drive and hair loss. These effects occur because the body cannot use natural hormones to replace the ones it has lost during use, so the user must resort to using artificial hormones. Overuse of anabolic steroids can lead to osteoporosis, a condition that causes the formation of weak bone tissues.
The long-term effects of anabolic steroids include cardiovascular disease, heart enlargement, high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, increased risk of developing cancer, and erectile dysfunction in men. These conditions are known as congenital anomalies. Some steroids have also been found to increase the risk of developing testicular cancer in men and breast cancer in women. Some steroids have also been found to be associated with high blood pressure, kidney failure, high cholesterol levels and facial hair growth in men.
Anabolic steroids have also been found to cause changes in sexual desire and performance, changes in male gender, and changes in mood and behavior in both children and adults. It is not fully understood how these chemicals affect brain development and functionality, but most experts agree that there are some positive effects including the increase in muscle mass and strength, reduction in fat, increase in sex drive, and improvement in mood. Some researchers think that the negative effects include everything from edginess to facial hair growth, drowsiness, and slowed reflexes.
Men who use anabolic steroids often use them illegally, frequently ignore doctor’s advice and have reckless disregard for their health. Long-term use of anabolic steroids can cause serious health risks and life-threatening conditions such as acne, infertility, increased chance of heart attack, and death from cardiovascular disease. Children who use steroids are at a higher risk of developing depression, substance abuse, and stunted growth. Steroid abusers are also more likely to experience aggressive behavior and thoughts of suicide. There is no universal relationship between steroid use and aggression, but there is a definite link between steroid users and violence.
Penalties for steroid use are very serious in many countries. The most severe penalties are associated with first-time use, but the penalties do not stop there. If you are arrested for possession or distribution of anabolic steroids, you could be held criminally liable for life-long use of the substance, even if it was prescribed to you by a licensed medical professional. The penalty can be sufficiently high that you may find yourself being committed to a lengthy state prison sentence.
Even those who obtain legitimate medical treatment for their anabolic steroids addiction may face criminal prosecution and punishment. In states where anabolic steroids are deemed therapeutic, doctors who prescribe them face criminal prosecution as well. In cases where doctors are not prosecuted, patients who obtain legitimate medical treatment may face civil lawsuits demanding compensation for the physical and mental anguish they have suffered as a result of their drug dependency.