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Steroids are known as synthetic versions of the naturally occurring male sex hormone testosterone Although some people think that there are only positive effects from the use of steroids there are far more negative effects than there are positive ones Steroids may make you look bigger and feel stronger but eventually they will become very detrimental to your body There are physical and mental side effects to the use of steroids and the continued use of steroids will be fatal To the science world they are known as altered testosterone molecules Juice or roids as called on the street are made by adding an alkyl group or an ester to testosterone Basically the 17-carbon atom of testosterone is altered to make the tissue building characteristic dominant and to minimize the virilizing characteristics Wright Cowart The testosterone atom can be manipulated in many ways and that is the reason there are many different types of steroids on the market Why wouldnt the virilizing characteristic just be eliminated from the whole process The answer to this is The anabolic and androgenic activities are distinguished primarily for classification purposes and not because of properties inherent in the steroids themselves Wright Cowart p 26 Anabolic steroids are taken by ingestion of pills or or by a liquid being intravenously injected Some users like to ingest the pills because there is no visual traces but they are not as effective as the liquid steroids The liquid steroids enter the bloodstream faster and there is more likely of a chance for the steroid molecules to link with the muscle fibers However there is the possibility of the user not being able to inject them self or the risk of someone noticing the injection marks The main reasons that users of steroids abuse the drug is because they want to become better athletes or become bigger humans To the potential user the main reason is to increase muscle mass
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