Anabolic steroids are powerful compounds that bear direct relation to the male sex hormone known as testosterone. Within the legal framework, steroids are applied to treat some kinds of anaemia. However, athletes, long-distance runners, body builders, cyclists etc widely use steroids to gain a competitive advantage over their rivals and such use of steroids is deemed illegal. On market, steroids are available in liquid form or tablets. Anabolic steroids are injected or taken orally by athletes in the course of few weeks or even months prior to competitions. While absorbed in combination, the effectiveness of steroids is maximized, whereas adverse affects are reduced. This process is referred to as stacking.
The use of anabolic-androgenic steroids adversely affects the adolescent physical transformation providing them with a greater sense of self-achievement. Regrettably, many adolescents know no limit regarding the steroid use. For instance, the metamorphoses of human muscle affected by the steroids also impact other aspects of the body, and therefore steroids are detrimental to the adolescent psychological condition, including such psychiatric consequences as depression, addiction, rage, self and public psychosis etc.
Most steroids cause extraordinary harsh side effects and permanent damage to the human body, while steroid abuse results in lifetime problems. However, side effects of anabolic steroids are yet to be investigated from purely medical side. There is few data, for example, regarding the hazardous effects of steroids on human health condition. For instance, it is questionable to what extent steroids masculinise females, stunt the height of growing adolescents, or change sex characteristics of males. Furthermore, anabolic steroids cause kidney failure, premature heart attacks, liver tumours, strokes, and serious psychiatric problems. Finally, considering that the drugs are often injected, users often risk to contract or transmit hepatitis...