Anabolic steroids are drugs which have a similar effect as testosterone hormone to the body. The steroids increase protein within the cells.
Using anabolic steroids has adverse effects to the user. They should not be used for a long time. The following are some of the disadvantages of using anabolic steroids.
- Kidney Problems
Prolonged use of anabolic steroids leads to reduction in kidney function efficiency. Using them injures the kidneys after sometime. The increases in the body mass requires the kidney to increase their filtration rates. This causes the kidneys to experience a severe level of stress which is hyper-filtration injury. Steroids also cause toxic effects to the kidneys.
- Liver Problems
Anabolic steroids cause an effect on the functionality of the liver. They cause liver damage because their metabolisation takes place in the digestive system. Other problems it may cause to the liver is peliosis hepatitis and tumors in the liver. When one is diagnosed with peliosis hepatitis it means that he is found to have blood filled cysts in the liver. It is also a likely cause of cancer to this organ
- Skin Problems
Anabolic steroids cause skin conditions like acne. Acne occurs on the face, back and shoulders as a result of prolonged use of anabolic steroids. Other effects are balding as a result of hair loss. It also leads to one developing oily skin and swollen puffy cheeks. Cysts also develop on the skin as a result of this.
When men use the steroids for a prolonged period of time, causes infertility in men. They slowly lose their normal sperm count. Their testicles also shrink as a result of prolonged use of anabolic steroids. This happens because these products cause an imbalance on the male hormones. The man also develops sexual malfunction of erectile dysfunction. They end up having growing breasts just like in women. It also causes baldness in males. Another problem is that they may cause the user to develop prostate cancer.
- Female Problems
Females who use anabolic asteroids are prone to severe acne all through their bodies. The female body interprets that the hormone testosterone is added to it thus causing a hormonal imbalance. As a result of this the female body experiences irregularity in the monthly periods. The clitoris also swells as a result of this. The woman develops a deep voice and there is an increase in hair growth in the whole body and the face. But she loses her head hair. One may also lose their breasts as they experience increased sexual urges.
- Psychological Effects
One experiences hallucinations and delusions when they use anabolic asteroids. They are ever high on this drugs. Another psychological effect is the mood swings as a result of the imbalances in hormones. Their moods keep fluctuating every now and then and are very unpredictable and uncomfortable to be with. They become aggressive in their lifestyle all the time. They become people who are ready for war even when there is no need for war.