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Steroids Steroids have been used for sports since the mid 1950s In order to understand the psychological effects of steroids you must first understand what steroids are and where they come from The natural form of steroids is the hormone testosterone which is produced in males by the testes and adrenal glands and by the adrenal glands in females The body uses these hormones to combat inflammation stimulate development of bones and muscles contribute to the growth of skin and hair and can also influence emotions Anabolic Steroids are a synthetic version of the hormone testosterone They can be taken oral or injected with a syringe Given the right training stimulus and diet these steroids enables the user to process protein into muscle fibers at astonishing rates creating increased muscle size and strength with a drop in body fat due to an increase in metabolic rate They are the chemical essence of physical power and masculine aggression Synthetic steroids were developed in the 1930s to rebuild and prevent the breakdown of body tissue from disease In the 1950s synthetic steroids became popular with weightlifters because they helped produce this greater-than-normal muscle size and strength but the abuse of these synthetic steroids has many dangerous physical and psychological effects Taking steroids orally has been found to do more damage to your body than injecting them The oral steroid is very hard on the liver They are created not to breakdown or activate while passing through the liver to reach the gastrointestinal tract where they will be absorbed into the blood stream The added molecule that keeps it from breaking down in the liver is what causes most of the liver problems that are heard of Injectable steroids are a much safer alternative to the oral It is put directly into the muscle Once in the muscle the molecules of the steroid travel to receptor sites in the body tissue that
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