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What Exactly Anabolic Steroids Are!

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You people often hear lots of stuff about anabolic steroids, but do you
exactly know what anabolic steroids are. I feel most of you people still
need to have complete knowledge on anabolic steroids.


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You people often hear lots of stuff about anabolic steroids, but do you
exactly know what anabolic steroids are. I feel most of you people still
need to have complete knowledge on anabolic steroids.

Anabolic steroids, also known as anabolic-androgenic steroids or AAS, are
the steroid hormones related to the hormone testosterone, which is key
player in the growth of cells, tissues, muscles, bones, and genitals.

Actually, anabolic steroids are the synthetic derivatives of the
naturally occurring male anabolic hormone testosterone, the principal
male sex hormone. Testosterone is primarily secreted in the testes of
males, and the ovaries of females, although small amounts are secreted by
the adrenal glands. It plays key roles in health and well-being in both
males and females. It is responsible for libido, energy, immune function,
and protection against osteoporosis. On average, an adult human male body
produces about eight to ten times more testosterone than an adult female
body. Testosterone is also found in numerous animals.

Etymologically, the words anabolic and androgenic have come from the
Greek – the word „anabolic‟ meaning "to build up", and the word
„androgenic‟ meaning “andros” i.e. "man" + “genein” i.e. “masculinizing”.
Thus, anabolic steroids have many androgenic and anabolic properties.

First discovered in the early 1930s, anabolic steroids have been since
used for a number of medical purposes, such as to push up bone growth,
muscle growth, appetite, protein synthesis, and puberty. These drugs are
often used to treat several chronic wasting diseases, such as AIDS and
cancer. They are also beneficial in curing a number of disorders and
conditions associated with low level of testosterone in body.

However, over use or excessive use of anabolic steroids has a number of
side effects, such as giddiness, early hair loss, mood swings (anger,
depression and aggression), delusion, feelings of fear and suspicion,
sleeping problems, vomiting and nausea, trembling, joints pain, yellow
fever, high blood pressure, problems in urinary system, heart problems,
stroke, liver damage, etc.
Anabolic steroids work imitating the properties of naturally occurring
hormones in your body. Your muscle tissue is peppered with receptor sites
specific to growth. The correct hormonal „key‟ can only access these
sites or „locks‟. As their chemical composition is so similar to the
hormone testosterone, anabolic steroids can activate these receptor
sites. Once the receptor sites have been stimulated, a domino effect of
metabolic reactions take place as the body is instructed by the drug to
increase muscle tissue production.