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An anabolic steroid user usually has one common concern on their mind Muscle growth Although steroids can dramatically increase the skeletal muscle mass what are commonly over looked are the harmful physical effects their body may endure while taking anabolic steroids The chances of death resulting solely from anabolic steroid use is extremely rare but many serious and not so serious problems can occur There is almost an endless list of external visible effects anabolic steroids can cause on the body None are as serious as the effects anabolic steroids can have internally for example the heart and liver Although steroids will most likely not kill you these and other effects can result in a shortened life span Many studies have been conducted on Anabolic steroids to determine the harmful effects they have on the body Various results from no effect to life threatening have been concluded from these studies To take in consideration the amount of evidence though it is more believable that anabolic steroids do cause harmful physical effects There is an abundance of information to sway the most curious into believing that anabolic steroids do cause harmful physical effects What is a steroid An androgenic anabolic steroid is a synthetic derivative of the male hormone testosterone These derivatives of testosterone promote the growth of skeletal muscle and increase lean body mass Once in the bloodstream anabolic steroids bind to hormone receptors in skeletal muscle and other cells To explain the binding in more detail androgens are a group of steroid hormones that include testosterone and hydrotestosterone They have both anabolic and androgenic properties Androgen I defined as a substance that promotes or stimulates the development of male characteristics Anabolic refers to stimulation of skeletal muscle mass growth Its impossible to completely separate anabolic and androgenic effects of steroids but they all have some of both The androgen receptors are located within the muscle cells The receptor binds to the androgen present to
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