Steroids use and abuse

Awareness and educational efforts are working to help prevent anabolic steroid abuse in schools and communities. The Adolescents Training and Learning to Avoid Steroids (ATLAS) and the Athletes Targeting Healthy Exercise and Nutrition Alternatives (ATHENA) programs, funded by the NIDA, and supported by the Oregon Health & Science University programs is teaching athletes that they do not need steroids to build powerful muscles and improve athletic performance. These programs provide weight-training and nutrition alternatives, increase healthy behaviors, less likelihood to try steroids, and less likelihood to engage in other dangerous behaviors such as drinking and driving, use of marijuana and alcohol , and and improved body image. Bother Congress and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration endorsed these model prevention programs. 4

In addition to the mentioned side effects several others have been reported. In both males and females acne are frequently reported, as well as hypertrophy of sebaceous glands, increased tallow excretion, hair loss, and alopecia. There is some evidence that anabolic steroid abuse may affect the immune system, leading to a decreased effectiveness of the defense system. Steroid use decreases the glucose tolerance, while there is an increase in insulin resistance. These changes mimic Type II diabetes. These changes seem to be reversible after abstention from the drugs.

The number of players who have admitted using steroids in a confidential survey conducted by the NCAA since the 1980s has dropped from percent in 1989 to percent in 2003. [5] During the 2003 season, there were over 7,000 drug tests, with just 77 turning up as positive test results. [5] Scukanec claims that methods were used to get around the drug testing, whether it be avoiding the tests by using the drugs during the off-season, or flushing the drugs out of your system. This was used with a liquid he referred to as the "pink." [5] He stated:

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IN THIS ARTICLE
  • What are Steroids?
  • Different Types of Steroids
  • Side Effects of Prolonged Steroid Abuse
  • When to Seek Medical Care for Steroid Abuse
  • Steroid Abuse Diagnosis
  • Steroid Addiction Treatment
  • Medical Treatment for Steroid Abuse
  • Other Therapy for Steroid Abuse
  • Steroid Abuse Prevention
  • Prognosis for Steroid Abuse
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Side Effects of Prolonged Steroid Abuse

Steroids use and abuse

steroids use and abuse

  1. A Visual Guide to Erectile Dysfunction Slideshow Pictures
  2. Sex Drive Killers Slideshow Pictures
  3. Take the Low Testosterone (Low T) Quiz
IN THIS ARTICLE
  • What are Steroids?
  • Different Types of Steroids
  • Side Effects of Prolonged Steroid Abuse
  • When to Seek Medical Care for Steroid Abuse
  • Steroid Abuse Diagnosis
  • Steroid Addiction Treatment
  • Medical Treatment for Steroid Abuse
  • Other Therapy for Steroid Abuse
  • Steroid Abuse Prevention
  • Prognosis for Steroid Abuse
  • For More Information on Steroid Abuse
  • Read more on Steroids from Healthwise
  • Steroids Topic Guide
Side Effects of Prolonged Steroid Abuse

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