Generally people take steroids to enhance their physical appearance and to improve strength and endurance. But ironically steroids can have adverse side effects.
Some of the harms that commonly affect men and women include:
- High Blood Pressure
- Mood swings
- Periodic bouts of uncontrollable anger (referred to as ‘roid rage’)
- Paranoia, delusions, depression leading to suicidal thoughts
- Jaundice/liver damage
- Urinary problems
- Pain in the joints
- Harmful modifications in the levels of cholesterol
- Modification in the left ventricle of the heart, with serious implications
- Increased risk of developing heart realted complications/stroke
- Increased risk of developing some forms of cancers
- Reckless needle usage among AAS users can increase the risk of developing AIDS or bacterial endocarditis.
- Breast development
- Testicular shrinkage / Sterility
- Prostrate enlargement
- Impotence or lack of libido
- Experiencing pain when urinating
- Male- pattern premature balding
- Development of male charecteristics such as facial hair, deep voice and excessive muscular growth
- Reduction of breasts/Enlargement of the clitoris
- Menstural changes
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