There is no doubt that there are many people who have used and are continuing to use steroids. What is in doubt is the quality of the results as well as the side effects experienced by these users. This is because there are pros and cons of using anabolic steroids. Before anyone can decide whether steroids are good or bad, or make a decision to use steroids, it is important they learn about these pros and cons.
Pros of Anabolic Steroid Use
Anabolic steroids act like testosterone in the body. This means that you can expect to experience all the signs you experienced at puberty, such as increased muscle mass, improved endurance, high sexual stamina, hair growth and mood swings among other things. When you use an anabolic steroid during your bodybuilding program, you can expect to become stronger faster. This is because you will have a bigger muscle mass. Furthermore, your endurance will improve because the steroids will increase your red blood cell count. That is why anabolic steroids are normally used to treat anemia. In addition to that, your weight will increase as a result of increased muscle mass. This is good news to underweight individuals, such as HIV and cancer patients. Anyone who has delayed puberty can have the problem resolved with the help of anabolic steroids. Since these people have a low testosterone level, and anabolic steroids mimic the effects of T-hormone, anabolic steroid use will lead to development of secondary and primary sexual characteristics.
The Cons of Anabolic Steroids
While steroids have a number of benefits, they also have a number of negative effects. There are many side effects associated with anabolic steroid use. The first is kidney and liver damage. These are the two organs responsible for removing toxins from the body and maintaining homeostasis; a state of balance in the body. When you introduce foreign substances, such as steroids, into the body, these organs will try to break then down and get rid of them. The result will be damage to these organs. Hair loss, mood swings, severe acne and development of man boobs are some of the side effects of using steroids.