Anabolic Steroids- what are they?

What are steroids? These are chemical substances which are made up of three benzene rings fused and arranged in a particular manner. They have a wide variety of uses. They can be used as drugs for therapeutic and ergogenic factors.  In the United States these are called by the name Anabolic Androgen Steroids.

Naturally they have a tendency of being produced in the human body by using the cholesterol from the diet of the individual. Some of the hormones are also used as steroids like testosterone, dihydrotestosterone, estrogen, cortisol and progesterone. Based on the gender, these have various functions to perform for the general well being of the individual. They are also responsible for anabolic functions in the body and the testosterones are responsible for male factors.


They are also more commonly known as steroids. Anabolic steroids are controlled substances. They have the capacity of giving the same function as the natural components. They are mainly responsible for the anabolic functions by maintain the growth of bones and tissues in the body. By increasing the appetite they are also responsible for protein production and also develop masculine features in one’s body. There is growth in body hair and pattern also changes. The voice also becomes deep and manly. The facial hair and pubic hair patterns also change and the rate at which they grow also increases. This all happens as a result of increase in the production of masculine hormone, testosterone.


Steroids have great uses in various sections of life. They can be very useful and effective in the medicine industry as they may save a number of persons from various life threatening diseases. They are also used by sportsmen to increase their stamina and energy levels. Steroids are very famous among players as they give great results in short time. They are also very popular among body builders as they develop bones and muscles required in their field. Famous celebrities like Hulk Hogan have made use of these steroids for building his body and earning lot of fame in the wrestling field.

There are many ways in which steroid can be administered to the body. They can be taken orally in the form of tablets. Second option is they can be injected into the muscles. Another option is via a skin patch which releases the drug into the blood stream slowly.


These wonder products are not easily available over the counter. They have to be taken after checking with a physician. Many sports clubs and organization have banned the use of steroids. International events like Olympics have made it illegal to use steroids as they feel it a type of cheating. For this reason they are not available in many countries. As a result this becomes a product which captures the black market and sometimes people are ready to pay huge cash to get them. These days they are also easily available on the internet.

When used in proper dose and amounts these can prove to be helpful rather than damaging to health.

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