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Steroids Drugs have been used in sports almost as long as sports themselves havebeen around The ancient Incas discovered that the ashes from burned leaves of the Cocatree gave the people great stores of energy and made sleep unnecessary for hours or evendays it was later discovered to be the stimulant cocaine They would take it before longhunts battles and even found it useful in ancient sport competitions It wasnt until1886 that the first drug-related death in sports occurred A bicyclist took a mixture ofcocaine and heroine called the speedball and died from it Little were thedoctors aware the epidemic that would follow in the next century Anabolic steroids developed in the 1930s in Europe are drugs thathelp to build new body tissue quickly but with drastic side effects Anabolic means theability to promote body growth and repair body tissue It comes from the Greek wordanabolikos meaning constructive Steroids are basically made up of hormones Picture One woman training to make the 1984 US womens basketball teamused them her muscles started to bulge her voice grew deeper and she even had thebeginnings of a mustache These are all the usual symptoms of anabolic steroids Steroids were not always used for sports they started out the same waymost drugs did medicinal purposes Victims of starvation and severe injury profited fromits ability to build new tissue quickly They also helped prevent muscle tissue fromwithering in patients who had just had surgery Steroids are used to treat Addisonsdisease Anabolic steroids are drugs that come from hormones or fromcombinations of chemicals that achieve the same result as hormones Hormones may be givento an individual in their natural state or in a synthetic one The synthetic state issometimes more potent than the natural one Testosterone and progesterone are hormonesused in steroids another kind comes from the adrenal glands which secrete variousnecessary bodily chemicals The steroids themselves can be taken orally as tablets orpowders and can also be liquids
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