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Many people have had their lives ruined by the use of illegal steroids yet the desired effects are so overwhelming that people tend to overlook the consequences Steroid users believe taking anabolic steroids will enhance their performance strength sizeetc They regard the use of them as legitimate as any To begin with the term anabolic means to build tissue therefore anabolic steroids tend to increase constructive metabolic pathways within the body Also anabolic steroids are synthetic derivatives of the natural male Testosterone was the first steroid developed a natural occuring hormone in many plants and animals The first clinical use of testosterone occured in 1958 when physicians injected it into underweight and ill patients to simualte weight gain The first reported use of steroids in a non-medical setting occured during World War II Steroids were adminstered by Nazi doctors into German soldiers to enhance their aggressiveness The Soviet Union noted the Nazis use of the drug and recognized that enhanced aggressiveness increasing in strength and size could be desirable in athletic competition The Soviets experimented with steroids in the early 1950s and it is believed that they were used in the 1952 Olympic The introduction of steroids into the United States is often attributed to the late Dr John Ziegler the team physician for the United States weightlifting team at the last Vienna World Power lifting championships A Soviet physician told Ziegler that some of the members fo the Soviet team were using testosterone as an aid to enhance their strength Ziegler was impressed with the results and began conducting some studies on American lifters The results were the development and introduction of the steroid Dianobol an anabolic steroid with fewer masculinizing properties than testosterone Dianobol became well known in the athletic world By the 1956 Melbourne Olympic games steroid use had escalated to the point that many Olympic competetors in the strength events were either using them or were aware of their performance
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