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IV What are the benefits of using Anabolic Steroids Anabolic steroids have been around since the 1930s While they started out solely for medical purposes they have now become widely accepted for recreational endeavors and heightened athletic performance Though highly accepted they are still very illegal without a written prescription While they have surpassed their medical uses and found their way into top athletes and body builders they have also crossed the gender barrier Men are not the only users anymore More and more women have felt the effects of anabolic steroids and before you think they are the thing for you maybe you should read this first Anabolic steroids are synthetic substances that mimic the male sex hormones known as androgens This is where the true name anabolic-androgenic steroid is derived but for familiarity purposes they are referred to only as anabolic steroids no purely anabolic agent has ever been synthesized Specifically they are synthetically produced to act as the male hormone testosterone Testosterone has a 17-carbon core like its replication- the anabolic steroid and is credited for the promotion of growth of skeletal muscles and the development of male sexual characteristics It has both androgenic masculinization and anabolic tissue-building effects in the human body Functions of testosterone include increased numbers of red blood cells improved calcium deposition in the bones muscle enlargement increased body hair thickening of vocal chords and growth and development of the prostate gland Hickson Ball Falduto 1989 Women have naturally occurring testosterone already present in their bodies but in such small amounts not to notice any of testosterones true effects Anabolic steroids were developed to treat conditions in men like hypogonadism when testes do not produce enough testosterone for normal growth development and sexual functioning some instances of impotency and HIV and other infectious diseases Through experimentation though scientists found in lab animals that anabolic steroids could facilitate the growth of
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