Essay PreviewMore ↓
Too frequently teenage male athletes use anabolic steroids to improve their bodies for certain sports, however they completely disregard the obvious short term and long term effects that are associated with the steroids. From past high school experiences I have seen the effects of steroids first hand. All of the male athletes that used steroids only had one reason to take them, which was to get an advantage over their opponents, whether they were playing on the football team, track team, or baseball team, the students that abused steroids were simple to pick out of a crowd. Very often they would have needle marks on their bodies from injections, as well as gaining a huge amount of muscle mass in a short period of time. Along with the increased body size whey would get severe cases of acne and their personality would change extensively. The National Institute of Drug Abuse estimates that 500,000 young Americans are taking steroids every year.
How to Cite this Page
"Anabolic Steroids." 123HelpMe.com. 21 Sep 2018
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- There are many types of steroids abused by athletes in order to increase their muscle mass and strength. Though steroids have a negative reputation, there are some that can be beneficial to athletes and certain patients. There are types of steroids called corticosteroids that have more medical uses to them and another type called anabolic-androgenic steroids that have a more limited medical use. The anabolic-androgenic are usually the steroids that are being abused by athletes (Bigelow, par.10).... [tags: Athletes and Anabolic Steroids]
2477 words (7.1 pages)
- The Safety of Using Anabolic Steroids Even if you didn't have any or little knowledge of steroids and were asked this question, you would probably answer no. Why. Would it be because a high school kid somewhere in California died from taking them. Or would it be because you read it in Readers Digest. Many people think you are selling your soul to the devil when you take steroids. There is an incredible amount of myths, misinformation, and misconceptions about anabolic steroid use and their dangers.... [tags: Anabolic Steroids Essays]
1530 words (4.4 pages)
- The intent of this essay is to show that steroids have many negative effects and that steroids, and other natural supplements, should be closely studied by the FDA. This essay will also support the claim that the professional sports industry needs to eliminate steroid use and set a good example for younger athletes. Over one million American seek short cuts to larger muscles and greater endurance with anabolic steroids and other performance enhancing drugs. Steroids are drugs that act like chemical in the body. Most steroids are transformed into testosterone when they enter the body. Testosterone is a male growth hormone. While user may gain short-term results, they are seriously s... [tags: Anabolic Steroids Use by Athletes]
2110 words (6 pages)
- Ever since their introduction into sports in the later 1950's the use of anabolic steroids has been a controversial issue. Much debate has arisen dealing with whether steroids should be allowed for performance enhancement. If you're not familiar with them, The 1994 Merrian-Webster Dictionary defines an anabolic steroid as, "any of a group of synthetic hormones sometimes taken by athletes in training to increase temporarily the size of their muscles." However, it's not just the athletes preparing for rigorous competition that have been using these drugs. Business Weekly told of a study performed by the University of Illinois School of Public Health in which the results wer... [tags: Anabolic Steroids Use by Athletes]
772 words (2.2 pages)
- "Anything of worth or value in life must be worked for." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson In the world of sports today, anabolic/androgenic steroid use is a vast problem. Since its’ introduction into Russian weightlifting, it has been expanding with no signs of stopping. It has spread into every major sport, with usage by every age and race. The use continues to grow, even with a lengthy list of serious health, legal, and ethical concerns. Because of our society's adoration of muscle, athletes put their athletic goals higher on their priority list than their long-term health.... [tags: Anabolic Steroids Use In Sports]
2342 words (6.7 pages)
- Anabolic Steroids In today’s society, athletes are revered as heroes. There is immense pressure to be the best. Athletes are willing to do whatever it takes to gain an edge, even if it means compromising their health. For almost three decades, athletes have been supplementing their strength program with anabolic steroids to enhance their performance. To be sure, anabolic steroids are effective supplements to strength training programs, but there is no doubt that the consequences can be deleterious.... [tags: Health Sports Essays]
1682 words (4.8 pages)
- Anabolic Steroids "Anabolic steroids" is the familiar name for synthetic substances related to the male sex hormones (androgens). They promote the growth of skeletal muscle (anabolic effects) and the development of male sexual characteristics (androgenic effects), and also have some other effects. The term "anabolic steroids" will be used through-out this report because of its familiarity, although the proper term for these compounds is "anabolic-androgenic" steroids. Anabolic steroids were developed in the late 1930s primarily to treat hypogonadism, a condition in which the testes do not produce sufficient testosterone for normal growth, development, and sexual functioning.... [tags: Papers Research Drugs Essays]
4384 words (12.5 pages)
- Anabolic steroids are the quickest known way for male athletes to improve their bodies and excel in sports, but not necessarily the safest. The Encyclopedia of Drugs and Alcohol defines anabolic steroids as "the synthetic versions of the naturally occurring male sex hormone testosterone; they are properly called anabolic-androgen steroids because they have both body building (anabolic) and masculinizing (androgenic) effects." Anabolic steroids have been around for many years, dating back to the 1930's, where they were primarily used to treat hypogonadism, a condition in which the testicles do not produce enough testosterone for normal growth, development, and sexual functioning.... [tags: Sports Athletics Drugs]
996 words (2.8 pages)
- If someone guaranteed you amazing results in the weight room with minimal effort by just taking a pill would you take it. You probably would. But, if you knew that these pills could potentially knock 20 years off your life. Would you take it then. You would be suprised to find out how many people would answer yes to that question. In the past three decades, steroids have become a serious problem, more than ever in the athletic field. It is reported that over 3 million athletes and bodybuilders alone have used anabolic steroids .... [tags: essays research papers]
1432 words (4.1 pages)
- Anabolic Steroids Anabolic steroids are synthetic coumpounds formulated to be like the male sex hormone testosterone. Many athletes use anabolic steroids male and female alike, such as body builders , weightlifters, baseball players, football players, swimmers, and runners. They do so because they mistakenly believe that they will gain strength and size. In a male testosterone is released by the leydig cells in the testes. The testosterone has two main functions androgenic and anabolic. Androgenic is the development of male sex characteristics.... [tags: essays research papers]
1703 words (4.9 pages)
The side effects that are associated with steroids clearly outweigh the benefits. For example, In the late 1970's and mid 80's, Lyle Alzado was one of the top players in the National Football League. He had a huge, muscular body that struck fear into every opponent, and upon his retirement in 1986 he was noted as one of the best linebackers ever. In 1991, he reappeared in the news, not for his great accomplishments in the NFL, but rather to admit to using anabolic steroids throughout his entire career. Not only did he ignore his doctor's warnings urging him to stop using steroids early in his career, but he continued using them after his retirement. Alzado exposed that he had beaten his wife due to steroid-induced rages, and he also spoke about how his lifetime use of steroids brought upon fatal brain cancer. He spent the final months of his life speaking out about the dangers of anabolic steroids (Lovitch). There are many other adverse effects of anabolic steroids besides the brain cancer that Alzado suffered from. Alan Leshner,director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse, claims,
Those young people think they're building better
bodies, but at the same time, when the boys
are trying to get bigger muscles, they're also
getting shrunken testicles; they're growing
breasts and developing acne (Healtheon/WebMD).
Some of the effects are reversible, however many of them are not. The reversible effects of steroids in males are shrinkage of the testicles also known as testicular atrophy and reduced sperm production. The irreversible conditions consist of male-pattern baldness, gynecomastia (breast development), priapism (persistent and painful erection), and enlarged prostate. (NIDA). A study conducted by the American Medical Association compared 88 athletes that were steroid users to 68 non-users. They concluded that steroid users displayed more frequent gynecomastia, decreased testicular length, and higher cholesterol than non-users and it also found that 23% of the steroid users suffered from major mood syndromes (Katz). Steroids also cause high blood pressure, stress, and more serious neurological problems. Users of steroids tend to become more aggressive over time and periodically go into uncontrollable "roid rages" (Lovitch).
There are two ways in which people take steroids, either orally or by intramuscular injection. Steroids, when taken orally, come in the form of a capsule or tablet. These capsules or tablets are only effective for short periods of time before they are broken down and as an result, must be taken in large doses up to 200mg a day (ROID). There are huge health risks that come along with taking steroids orally. One of the major health risks associated with taking steroids by ingestion is liver damage. One of the most deadly effects of taking steroids orally is liver toxicity, which is caused by the pills being broken down all at once, putting a huge strain on the liver, therefore prolonged use of steroids can cause jaundice, hepatic cholestasis, liver tumors, or fatal liver failure (Yesalis). When steroids are taken by intramuscular injection, they tend to less toxic on the liver because they have an altered chemical composition that allows them to stay intact through the digestive process and liver metabolism (ROID). One of the major concerns regarding intramuscular injection is the risk of getting AIDS from a contaminated needle. The National Institute of Drug Abuse has concluded that 63% of teenage steroid users take steroids orally rather than by intramuscular injection.