Steroids: the double edged sword
Steroids keep making headlines for their use and misuse. They help in giving the desired results at a faster rate. But it is not sufficient to know the profile and benefits of a steroid, the downsides should be well researched as well and precautions should be taken to avoid them.
Overdose though tempting for faster results should be avoided at all costs as this is the main reason for the steroid to produce unwanted side effects at a faster rate. Let us learn more here about some famous anabolic steroids and their benefits as well as side effects.
When used under proper physician guidance anabolic steroids give great results and cause weight gain due to increase in muscle mass. This is the reason why steroids are a hit and preferred by most bodybuilders and athletes. And depending on the type of steroid and dose there are different forms available such as pills, injectable or sprays. Bodybuilders who are new to the field should always consult an expert before taking steroids. And they should follow the instructions with a lot of care.
Abuse of steroids can happen without the knowledge of the user. It can be due to taking excess dose for faster results or because the user got addicted to the supplement. The initial signs include sudden and rapid weight gain, unusual mood swings and acne. This is can be diagnosed by the excess androgen and anabolic drug levels in the body. There are short term and long term side effects.
The most common short term side effects of anabolic steroids are –
- Mood swings
- Water retention
- Breast tissue growth in men (Gynecomastia)
- Increased appetite
- Increased body hair
- Insomnia or decreased sleep
- Decrease in the natural testosterone production
- Male pattern baldness
- Chances of spike in blood pressure
All the above symptoms might get resolved when the use of steroid is stopped and proper treatment is taken according to the side effects. But when the user continues with the steroid usage even after the initial side effects, it leads to the long term side effects most of which are irreversible.
The long term side effects are –
- Thinning of bones
- Stunted growth
- Increased chances of infection as steroids suppress the immune system and cause an imbalance in the hormonal levels
- High blood pressure
- Unhealthy Weight gain
- Male pattern baldness
- Muscular weakness
- Anxiety, depression, delusions and uncontrolled illusions
- Vision problems such as cataract
- Liver damage
- Heart diseases such as cardiomyopathy, risk for heart attacks
- Voice deepening in women
- High cholesterol levels
There are many more side effects seen that are caused due to overdose or long term usage of steroids. Steroids are like a double sided sword which are beneficial but the user might have to pay a cost for it (certain side effects). So, it is always advised to take them with caution and proper guidance.