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Using steroids can make you shorter.
Teens who use steroids stunt their growth, as the steroids will speed physical maturity before bones are fully developed to their full height.
Steroid use can cause baldness, acne, and oily skin.
Anabolic steroids, which are artificial versions of the hormone testosterone, have serious side effects on the body. For men, who generally already have natural levels of testosterone, steroid abuse can lead to baldness. And in both men and women, it can cause high blood pressure, heart attacks, or strokes.
All steroids are harmful.
Anabolic steroids, which are often abused, are legally prescribed by doctors to treat body wasting in patients with AIDS and other diseases that affect lean muscle mass. They’re also used to treat delayed puberty and abnormally low levels of testosterone. Corticosteroids are used by doctors to reduce swelling, and are not abused because they don’t do anything for muscle mass.
Steroids can lead to dangerous rages and mood swings.
Researchers have found that extreme mood swings, manic episodes, uncontrollable aggression and depression are all common effects of steroids. The mood swings and extra aggression that are associated with steroid abuse even have a name, roid rage. Some steroid users turn to other drugs like heroin to ease the effects of steroids, leading to further drug abuse and addiction.
Steroids strengthen the immune system.
Using steroids weakens the immune system and increases the chances of developing cancer, liver and kidney tumors, jaundice (yellowish pigmentation of skin, tissues, and body fluids), fluid retention, high blood pressure, increases in LDL (bad cholesterol) and decreases in HDL (good cholesterol).
Steroids can enlarge the size a man’s breast and can decrease the size of a woman’s.
Besides affecting fertility and baldness in men, steroids can also increase the growth of breasts in men. Steroid use in women causes the opposite effect. The extra testosterone introduced makes the breast reduce in size. A woman’s voice can also get deeper. Many of the side effects of steroids are irreversible.
Steroids can be inhaled or smoked.
Steroids are usually taken orally as pills or injected. Steroid abusers who inject the drug run the risk of contracting or transmitting hepatitis, which damages the liver, or HIV/AIDS.
Women who take steroids risk growing a beard.
Women who use anabolic steroids run the risk of growing facial hair and extra body hair. Their menstrual cycles are also disrupted or stopped all together.
Taking steroids helps clear up the skin.
A noticeable side effect of steroid use is severe acne.
Males and females abuse steroids in equal numbers.
Most steroid abusers are male, though women are known to use steroids as well. Recent government surveys of teen steroid users found that 3.5 percent of all 12th grade males have tried steroids.