Anabolic Steroids

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Are you hoping to gain a competitive edge or make yourself look bigger by taking performance-enhancing drugs? Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about the risks of anabolic steroids in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Anabolic steroids are man-made substances related to male sex hormones. Doctors use anabolic steroids to treat some hormone problems in men, delayed puberty and muscle loss from some diseases.

Bodybuilders and athletes often use anabolic steroids to build muscles and improve athletic performance. Using them this way is not legal or safe.

Many athletes take anabolic steroids at doses that are much higher than those prescribed. Abuse of anabolic steroids has been linked with many health problems.

They include:

Acne

Breast growth and shrinking of testicles in men

Voice deepening and growth of facial hair in women

High blood pressure

Heart problems, including heart attack

Liver disease, including cancer

Kidney damage, and

Aggressive behavior

Some athletes may appear to achieve physical gains from such drugs, but it could come with a cost. The long-term effects of performance-enhancing drugs havent been rigorously studied. Not to mention that doping is prohibited by most sports organizations. The short-term benefits of steroids arent worth the risk.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.