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Steroids

Name

Steroids, anabolic steroids, androgenic steroids

What Is It?

Steroids are used to improve performance in sports, increase muscle size and reduce body fat.

Use is high among competitive body builders and athletes known as anabolic steroids, which just means that they build muscles.

Steroids are a group of drugs that are similar to a male hormone called testosterone. Some are taken orally, but most are injected intramuscularly.

Another type of steroids are androgenic steroids and these make people more masculine.

Abuse

People who use steroids can develop a dependence on them.

There are some steroid preparations which are manufactured illegally for those who are dependent on them.

In adolescents, steroid use causes stunted growth due to agent that prematurely stops growth of bones.

Steroid abuse is growing most rapidly among young women with irreversible side effects. In females, steroids have a masculinizing effect, resulting in more body hair, a deeper voice and smaller breasts.