Many people around the world have a negative perception of steroids. However, they are not as bad as they are made out to be. It is only the people who use steroids for recreational purposes who have damaged the reputation of steroids. Before you can pass any judgement on these drugs, you have to learn how they work, why they were developed and common uses.
How Steroids Work
Steroids are made from testosterone components, so they often mimic the effects of the male steroid hormone testosterone, which occurs naturally in the male body. Testosterone production usually starts at around puberty and it’s the hormone that induces all the changes that occur at puberty. These include; hair growth in the groin and underarms, sperm production, increased muscle mass, increased bone density, increased sexual interest and stamina, growth spurt, increased aggression and an increase in the size of the male genitalia among others. At around the age of 18 years, testosterone production usually reaches its peak and starts to gradually reduce as men approach the age of 30-35 years. At any given time, steroids can mimic the effects of testosterone, including; promoting protein synthesis, increasing bone density and promoting sexual health. These are the key reasons why people often use steroids in their adult life.
Why Steroids Were Developed
Most steroids were developed for medical or health reasons. For instance, the most common steroids were developed as a form of anemia treatment. This disease is characterized by a lower than normal number of red blood cells, which makes it impossible for anemic patients to run, exercise or engage in any other type of strenuous activity safely. Other steroids were developed as a treatment for hormonal imbalances, mainly testosterone deficiency. However, there are many types of steroids that were developed mainly for bodybuilding and performance enhancement purposes. In the 1950’s and 1960’s, athletes from around the world used steroids to get an edge over the competition, so scientists worked overtime to come up with superior performance enhancing drugs. Fortunately, the use of steroids for any other reason than medical was banned. However, some people still use steroids.
Doctors can prescribe steroids to anemic patients as well as those with delayed puberty, hormonal imbalances and muscle wasting conditions. This is because steroids can promote muscle growth and weight gain as well as restore testosterone levels to healthy levels and stimulate puberty. Bodybuilders can use steroids to increase their muscle mass.