Common Effects & Consequences of Using Anabolic Steroids in Teenagers
Teenagers are very prone to try something new especially if they have an idea like it makes them look great. They do this without thinking of the adverse effects or possible consequences of trying one. One of the concerns among teenagers in America is the use of anabolic steroids among teenage boys. These anabolic steroids when abused and can have unfavorable effect on the user.
Anabolic Steroids are actually man-made substances that are equal to male hormones. Anabolic steroids are sometimes called anabolic-androgenic. Anabolic refers to building muscles while androgenic refers to enhancing sexual characteristics in men. Some references use anabolic-androgenic steroids interchangeably with anabolic steroids.
The creation of anabolic steroids is not without reason. This is not made just to create controversy or issues of its effect on teenagers. One thing is sure, it cannot be prescribed or used by healthy teenagers. Doctors only prescribe steroids to people who have delayed puberty and reduced muscle mass due to hormonal deficiency and other related diseases that make the patient look beyond normal. This means that it cannot be used by teenagers who are not having hormonal deficiencies or who do not have any related diseases.
Unfortunately, there are many teenagers who abuse anabolic steroids. They do this so that they can look bigger and better. Steroids have an effect on building muscle mass. So despite being normal, teenagers use steroids to look enhance muscle building. Some would use this during gym workouts especially to create bigger muscles than their normal capacity. Others use this for sports. In fact, most athletes use steroids to enhance game performance as this creates aggression and body enhancement. But as this is not prescribed, there is a tendency that such drug is used badly. Plus, it can have adverse effect on the physical and mental health. If they are not aware, teenagers may fall on these consequences and may find it hard to get back on track.
The most common effects of steroid abuse are as follows:
• Hormonal imbalance – This refers to the tendency that girls may grow masculine characteristics and boy have feminine characteristics
• Liver problems – It could lead to liver damage or tumor building on the liver
• Jaundice – Users may look yellowish and their tissues and fluids may look yellowish as well
• High blood pressure – It could be that users increase blood pressure and may even increase bad cholesterol leading to heart ailments
• Renal failure
• Severe acne
• Fluid retention
• Mood swings, arrogance, and aggression
Aside from these general effects, there are also specific consequences for male and female users. For men, using steroids constantly may cause shrinkage of testicles, infertility, lessen sperm count, baldness, and risk of prostate cancer. For women, the effects are baldness, cessation of menstruation, deepened voice and enlargement of clitoris. Aside from this, teenagers experience side effects that include stunted growth because of premature maturation of the skeleton and accelerated puberty.
Aside from all these side effects in teens and other users, abuse of steroid can be fatal. What is even worse is that these steroids are so addictive that users have the tendency to use this all over again and are insatiable of how they look.