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Anabolic steroids are powerful drugs that many people take in high doses to boost athletic performance Anabolic means Body building tissue Anabolic steroids help build muscle tissue and increase body mass by acting like the bodys natural male hormone testosterone Lower doses of Anabolic steroids sometimes are used to treat a handful of very serious medical conditions Anabolic steroids are the ones abused by athletes and others who want a shortcut to becoming bigger and stronger In the past steroid use was seen mostly in college Olympic and professional sports Today steroids are being used by athletes as well as non-athletes in high schools and middle schools Most major professional and amateur athletic organizations have banned steroids for use by their athletes These organizations include the International Olympic Committee National Collegiate Athletic Association NCAA and the National Football League NFL Most common users of steroids are athletes involved in sports that rely on strength and size like football wrestling and baseball Endurance athletes such as those involved in track cross country and swimming Athletes involved in weight training or bodybuilding Anyone interested in building and defining muscles Many people that take steroids take them orally which is in a pill form Others Inject them with a needle which are at a high risk to get Hepatitis B and HIV Some athletes take even higher doses called megadoses to produce faster results Others gradually increase the amount they take over time which is called pyramiding Taking different kinds of anabolic steroids possibly along with other drugs is a particularly dangerous practice known as stacking Steroids can cause serious health problems Many changes take place inside the body and may not be noticed until it is too late Some of the effects will go away when steroid use stops but some may not Possible side effects for both males and females may include High blood pressure and heart disease liver damage and cancers stroke and blood clots
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