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Anabolic steroid abuse responsible for bad heart health and other conditions

In the 1930s, anabolic steroids were primarily used for treating a condition called hypogonadism, a state when the testes are not able to produce the requisite testosterone for normal body growth, development, and sexual functioning. They were also used as an effective solution for male impotence, delayed puberty, and wasting of the body as seen in people afflicted with the deadly HIV.

However, pretty soon, pharmacies and researchers found alternative use of the drug in facilitating the growth of skeletal muscles. When it became common knowledge that anabolic steroids promoted muscoskeletal growth, hordes of youngsters were quick to jump the gun. For all those who desired a sculpted, muscular body quickly, the steroids, in spite of many dangers, were seen as the easiest way to get the “Hot Bod.”

With time, anabolic steroids spread their tentacles far and wide. Whether it is college or competitive sports, many American teens are now hooked to it. Steroids are stashed away in college closets and in gyms. Unfortunately in some instances the sports coach or gym instructor is quick to dole these out to those who approach them. In one such incident, assistant coach for Charlestown High in Indiana, Ryan Grace, found all his goodwill built after years of hard work come crashing down when he was arrested while collecting an illegal package containing steroids. Continued surveillance revealed a stash of drugs. Though he was quick to apologize for his misdemeanor, the damage was done. He was relieved from his duties.

Consequences of long term anabolic use

Some of the devastating consequences of anabolic steroid use are as follows:

1. Skin infections: Anabolic steroids are responsible for causing skin infections such as acne and cysts. It can make the scalp very oily and can lead to fluid retention as well.

2. Hormonal changes: The most damaging consequence of prolonged anabolic steroid use is related to hormonal changes. They interfere with the normal production of hormones and cause changes that are both reversible and irreversible. In men, the changes are manifested through reduced sperm production, testicular shrinkage, baldness and breast development.

Not only men, even women resort to anabolic steroid use to get a beautiful body but unfortunately, they turn out to be more masculine. The steroids are responsible for decrease in breast size and body fat. It may also result in a hoarse voice, excessive growth of body hair but less scalp hair as well as clitoris enlargement.

3. Musculoskeletal system: One of the most damaging consequences of early anabolic steroid use, especially by teenagers, is deteriorating bone health. Artificially high sex hormones levels could cause the brain to signal the bones to stop growing, resulting in stunted growth. In some cases, it can cause tendon rupture.

4. Cardiovascular health: Prolonged use of anabolic steroids is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack and high blood pressure. Oral steroids disrupt the processing of lipoproteins by increasing the levels of low-density lipoprotein or LDL while decreasing the level of high-density lipoprotein or HDL. This causes more fatty substances to be deposited in the arteries, which disrupts the blood flow and prevents it from flowing to the heart and brain.

5. Other risks: Using contaminated needles to inject steroids increases the risk of acquiring deadly diseases such as Hepatitis B and C, and AIDS. Users may also be infected with a condition known as endocarditis, which causes a fatal inflammation of the inner lining of the heart.

A number of users of anabolic steroids find it hard to quit despite the dangers involved. With every use, they might think they are strong enough not to be infected but addiction sets in sooner than one expects.

Road to recovery   

It is better to gain a sculpted body through healthy means than fall victim to drugs that bring about negative influences on the mind and body. The Florida Drug Addiction Helpline is a useful online resource to seek information about the finest addiction treatment centers in Florida that offer therapeutic recovery programs for complete sobriety. Chat online or call our 24/7 helpline 855-982-2401 to find details about the best drug rehab programs in Florida.