The Use Of Steroids: The Use Of Steroids

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997 words
997 words

Steroids Steroids are any of a large class of organic compounds with a characteristic molecular structure containing four rings of carbon atoms (three six-membered and one five). They include many hormones, alkaloids, and vitamins. These drugs are for the most part, used within a broad context of operant drug taking that includes the use of ergogenic, thermogenesis, anorexigents, and ancillary drugs in which that are harmful to one’s body. Most centrally, anabolic compounds promote better utilization of dietary protein and shift the body’s “nitrogen balance” by increasing retention of nitrogen, an element essential to protein synthesis and thus to muscle growth. Steroids are a family of hormones related to testosterone that have a number of beneficial medical indications. They are also used for the purpose of building up muscles and cellular tissue (Quezzaire & Sprague, 2015, p. 1). Many athletes, models and others who depend on their bodies for their livelihoods have abused anabolic steroids, as these drugs can alter one’s physical appearance as well as enhance athletic performance. The use of steroids for these purposes is illegal as well as dangerous: studies have shown that anabolic steroid use can lead to serious …show more content…

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  • Explains that steroids are organic compounds with a characteristic molecular structure containing four rings of carbon atoms. they include many hormones, alkaloids, and vitamins.
  • Explains that anabolic steroids can alter one's physical appearance and enhance athletic performance. the drugs were introduced to american athletes in 1958 and remained legal until 1981, when the federal food, drug, and cosmetic act of 1938 was amended.
  • Explains that the introduction to a stable metabolism of large exogenous doses of steroidal anabolic has no physical effect more important than perturbation of the endocrine system.
  • Explains that anabolic steroids with marked effects on water retention boost blood pressure, but this has yet to be demonstrated in humans, partly because these agents cannot be administered legally to humans.
  • Explains the effects of aas (anabolic-androgenic steroids) and other appearance and performance-enhancing drugs on the central nervous system.
  • Explains that testosterone is synthesized primarily in testicular leydig cells by the action of 17- and 3-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase on the precursor molecules. thecal cells in women, and the adrenal cortex, are minor production sites.
  • Describes the risks associated with the supply and administration of anabolic-androgenic steroids, including chemical impurities, biological contamination, needle sharing, multiuse vials, and abcess from nonsterile injection technique.
  • Concludes that the use of appearance and performance-enhancing drugs is ubiquitous, involving not only competitive athletes but recreational and occupational users of both sexes.

Stimulants often used by AAS (anabolic-androgenic steroids) users such as clenbuterol and ephedrine are thought to have similar effects on the CNS as amphetamines; thus, they have direct effects on the sympathetic nervous system and norepinephrine metabolism in the brain (Kosh, 2002). The resulting medical impact of performance enhancing drugs on the central nervous system includes a range of behavioral and psychiatric disturbances as well as milder symptoms related to autonomic arousal (Langenbucher, Hildebrandt, & Carr, 2008, p.

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