Steroids mimic testosterone in the body, which means they encourage the body to lay down protein, increasing muscle mass. Steroid use is common with bodybuilders and people involved in certain sports. Steroids are often injected into the body intravenously. Steroid use common with bodybuilders and people involved in certain sports. Steroids are often injected into the body intravenously. There are many other types of steroids, such as creams and medications for infections, which are less likely to be abused in comparison to anabolic steroids. Anabolic steroids are considered illegal “doping” by many different athletic associations, from Olympic athletes to baseball (MBL) and football (NFL) players.
SIGNS OF ABUSE
- How to know if someone is on steroids: Signs someone may be using steroids are rapid lean muscle gain within a 10-week period, sudden interest in working out more than normal, mood swings or acne. In woman it may cause increased body hair and loss of menstrual cycle.
- Long-Term Effects of Steroids: Long-term effects are high cholesterol and elevated blood pressure. It also increases the likelihood of diabetes. Long term use can cause heart attack or stroke in young people.
Withdrawal from Steroids can be uncomfortable for long term abusers. Mood swings may get worse when steroid use suddenly stops, and muscle aches and rashes/acne may occur. Other symptoms of steroid withdrawal include: • Depression • Anxiety • Headaches • Irritability • Lowered libido