Sadie Lady, It really depends on what drug is taken. Too many people use the term steroid and do not realize there are a variety of levels. If some one takes HGH (Human Growth Hormone), then yes you can have liver failure, if you have a family history of cancer HGH can speed up then development of the cancer and a variety of other issues can happen. HGH also builds up your fatty deposits. IT DOES NOT CAUSE MEN TO GROW BREASTS. It instead builds your fat deposits and in men they are located behind you muscle wall in the chest. Men who build this will see and increase in fat between the armpit to the chest muscle. As all women know, breasts are a lot more then just fat. It may look like breasts but it is really not.
Professional bodybuilders who take HGH do it under the supervision of a doctor who can prescribe other drugs to balance the effects. Remember: Bodybuilders depend on this for their living; this is how they make their money and do it with a doctor to oversee the effects.
If a man takes testosterone (many people think of this as a steroid but forget it is a natural part of the body) then he will bulk up with no harm done. His nuts do not shrink (they actually get larger).
If a woman takes test then yes she will develop the characteristics of a man. But the ABA and other female bodybuilding groups have changed the rules for women. They now call for a less "male" look and a more female build. Due to the new rules less women are taking test.
Now the area on anabolic steroids is a whole world in it's self. This is one area that you MUST have a doctor oversee your use. The average person who uses them (not bodybuilders but baseball players) do not understand that you have to cycle them. If you don't cycle then you can run into problems.
Then there is the world of Methylted, Andro, Roids and on and on. Most people like to classify the entire issue and really have no clue to level and use.
It does seem baseball is having issues. But "steroid" use in the bodybuilding world has been very regulated so that it is safe. There are even competitions for "natural" bodybuilders, those that do not do "steroids" and competitions for those that do. Folks get their panties in a twist over this but never do the research. The US bans the use of it. But many countries allow the use with the supervisor of a doctor.
The problem is young kids and those not in the bodybuilding world do not educate first. They take it and want to see immediate results. They don't cycle, see a doctor and the other things you must do to keep it safe.
There is also a large movement within the bodybuilding world to put in place legal regulations. If it becomes legal and you can only get it from a doctor then you will not have kids doing it, doctors can over see the side effects, people will not turn to the black market to get it. The stuff on the market is usually from vets, or from Mexico and is dirty. The dirty stuff can cause so many more problems then the drug itself.
Steroids actually have good side effects like:
Positive affects on mood patterns
Positive affects on sleep patterns
Positive affects on muscular development
Prevention of symptoms of arthritis and depression
Strengthening of bones and prevention of thinning of bones, aka osteoporosis
Here are some good web sites for bodybuilding:
Listen, don't get me wrong, a person can cause serious problems if they do this incorrectly. But if it was regulated legally by a doctor it can be very safe.
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