What Every Man Should Know About Steroids

Steroids aren’t all they’re bulked up to be.

While created to help the male body restore balance to testosterone and muscle levels, anabolic steroids have been tasked with playing a role they never auditioned for: athletic prowess.

Today, many people take these supplements in hopes of gaining more muscle mass and attain better overall athletic performance. However, the drug is illegal when used for athletic purposes and addictive. Much like other addictive substances, the pick-me-up loses its powerful punch with sustained use. Also, withdrawal from anabolic steroid product use can have side effects, such as depression or changes in mood, appetite and sleeping patterns.

Caution Ahead

Athletes sometimes “cycle” the drug through their system during certain months to boost performance, but the risks of any unauthorized use are real and include:

  • aggressive tendencies
  • baldness
  • gynecomastia or enlarged male breasts
  • heart conditions
  • prostate cancer
  • reduced sperm count
  • stroke
  • testicular atrophy or shrinkage

While possibly increasing a host of medical risks, steroid use isn’t condoned by sports entities and can lead to other consequences, such as getting kicked off the team and banned from future sanctioned sports activities.

Stay the Course

Building muscle is a healthy endeavor and is a part of many workout routines, but it can easily be accomplished without supplements.

Preventive health begins with taking care of what we put in our bodies and how we manage them. By setting a long-term goal of staying anabolic steroid-free, unless they are prescribed by your physician for medical reasons, you can protect your body and keep it in the game.

Want to learn more about preventive measures for athletes or sports injury services? Visit TexasHealth.org and learn more about our well-developed Ben Hogan Sports Medicine program — your source for treatment, rehabilitation, training and nutrition.

Physicians on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital or Texas Health Resources.

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