Men and Anabolic Steroids

Men and Anabolic Steroids

"We men live so much in our heads that we hardly inhabit our bodies. Appearance is everything. We will enlarge our pecs, flatten our stomachs and build our biceps, but we rarely pay attention to what goes on inside" - Edward Zorensky

What are Anabolic Steroids?

Anabolic steroids are synthetic substances that mimic the male sex hormone testosterone, which helps build muscle tissue and increase body mass

Why Do People Use Steroids?

  • Improve athletic performance
  • Increase muscle size and/or reduce body fat
  • Peer pressure to have or develop a certain type of body

Possible Steroid Side Effects:

  • Shrinking of testicles
  • Reduced sperm count
  • Impotence
  • Baldness
  • Urinary and bowel problems
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Increase in nipple and breast size
  • Severe acne
  • Liver damage
  • High blood pressure
  • Reduction in HDL, the "good" cholesterol
  • Headaches
  • Aching joints
  • Jaundice
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Prematurely halts growth in adolescents and young adults
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Impaired judgment from feelings of invincibility

What You Can Do:

  • Realize there are many ways to increase strength or improve appearance
  • Train safely, without using drugs
  • Eat a healthy diet and get plenty of sleep
  • Understand that your were born with a specific genetic make-up, and that some people develop muscular builds more easily than others
  • If you use steroids, find support to help you stop using

Any Questions?

Call Health Education and Support Services, Health Services at 862-3823 or Psychological and Counseling Services (PACS) at 862-2090.

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