Anabolic Steroids and the Ways They Affect Body Functions
Anabolic steroids – more aptly called anabolic-androgenic steroids – are synthetic derivatives of testosterone, or the hormone that gives a man male characteristics.
Testosterone brings two types of effects on the body: anabolic (increase in muscle and bone mass) and androgenic (growth of facial and body hair, as well as of male genitals). Although all steroids have both anabolic and androgenic effects, synthetic types may be made to produce less of the latter.
Anabolic steroids work as an aid to the body’s muscle cells as they produce more protein, which, if the athletes work out, builds strength and muscle size. This, at the same time, increases the body’s production of ATP, or the “fuel” required by the muscles to move.
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Oral and Injectable Steroids
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Steroids are usually taken either as pills or through injection, generally in the buttocks’ outer upper quadrant. Some athletes though inject other areas, hoping their muscle size and/or strength will increase more rapidly in that certain site.
Cycling and Stacking
In cycling, the athlete uses the steroids during specific specific time intervals, such as 12 weeks on, 6 weeks off, and so on and so forth; in stacking, several steroids are used at one time. To enhance these drugs’ effects, users may mix both oral and injectable steroids.
Correct Steroid Use
Steroids are often used in replacement therapy for people who do not produce enough testosterone naturally, and as treatment for a variety of diseases or medical conditions, including tuberculosis, some cancers and anemias, malnutrition, burns, and the rest. Of course, it remains a highly popular method of fast-tracking the increase of athletes’ and bodybuilders’ muscle strength and size.
Types of Steroids
Steroids.come in many different types. What your dad or grandpa takes for his arthritis is surely not the one an athlete would use. Unlike anabolic steroids, more typical steroids likely contain cortisone or a cortisone derivative – for example, prednisone – which manages swelling and thus helps relieve arthritis and a host of other inflammatory conditions. They have no muscle building or masculinizing effects as produced by anabolic steroids.
Anabolic steroid users also ought to know that growth hormones are not synonymous with steroids per se.
However, these hormones are also naturally produced by the body and manufactured synthetically by different companies. In children, they are responsible for the growth of muscle, bone, glands, organs, tissues, etc.
Even creatine, a protein many bodybuilders use, must be separated from steroids. About a gram of creatine is produced by the body each day, and another gram is sourced from meat and fish. Like steroids, creatine is taken by athletes in the hope of becoming stronger.