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The Harmful Effects of Steroids-

Steroids are synthetic hormones that were originally created for medicinal purposes. Anabolic steroids can be used to promote bone growth, appetite and to rebuild muscle that is wasted away by cancer and AIDS. In cases of life or death, the adverse side effects of steroids are worth the risk. However, the use of steroids in sports or bodybuilding, is a risk which certainly outweighs the benefits. This is a reason why steroids are a controlled substance in most countries. In the United States, the illegal possession of steroids carries a minimum fine of $1000 and a maximum sentence of one year in jail if it is the personís first drug offense. The penalty for trafficking steroids is five years and $250,000 in fines. Steroids are also banned from almost every sporting committee, from the National Collegiate Athletic Association to the International Olympic Committee.


The reason for such stringent laws against steroid use is that they are extremely harmful to the human body. Steroids cause a multitude of problems, some of which we might not have identified yet because we are still monitoring the health conditions of long time steroid users. These problems include acne, nose bleeds, premature balding, stunted growth, dizziness, severe mood swings from aggression to depression, hallucinations, paranoia, sleep loss, nausea, trembling, high blood pressure, damage to the heart, prostate enlargement, aching joints, greater chance of injuring muscles and tendons, liver damage, jaundice, urinary dysfunction, testicular shrinkage, breast development, impotence, sterility and increased chance of certain cancers, stroke and heart disease.

Many of the psychological problems can also lead to violence due to impaired judgment, extreme irritability and feelings of invincibility. This last year, a famous wrestler, Chris Benoit, strangled his wife and his 7 year old son before hanging himself due to steroids. The drug pharmacy who sold him steroids and growth hormone plead guilty to charges of distributing steroids. Eddie Guerrero, another wrestler and friend of Benoitís, died in 2005 from heart failure. Guerrero had stopped using steroids four years earlier but had already formed heart complications from weak blood vessels. Bottom line is, steroids can kill and unless they are being used for medicinal purposes, no one should use steroids or they are at a great health risk.

Steroids In Sports