Anabolic steroids are also known as anabolic-androgenic steroids. They are manmade testosterone that defines a man.
The use of testosterone has two effects on a person’s body. One is androgenic effect and the other one is anabolic effect. Androgenic effects causes an increase facial and body hair, male genitals development as well as deepening of voice. On the other hand, anabolic effects increase bone and muscles mass.
While all steroids have anabolic and androgenic effects, certain steroids have less androgenic effects. The main function of anabolic steroids is to help the body produce enough protein which helps a person to increase in muscle strength and size, it also allows the cells to produce sufficient ATP.
Steroids are taken through an injection or through tablet steroids. Injectable steroids are injected on the buttocks. However, there are people who have injected certain areas in the hop that muscle and strength will increase in the specific site, but this strategy is not effective and can cause damage to the body.
Cycling and stacking
When you use steroids for a stipulated period of time, say eight weeks on, and 2 weeks off and then eight weeks on, it is referred to as Cycling.
On the other hand, Stacking is where a person uses more than one type of steroids at the same time. For instance, a person may combine both tablet steroids and injectable steroids at the same time.
Steroids were first extracted in the early 30’s and since then they have been used for various purposes
Proper use of steroids
Steroids are used mainly in replacement therapy for patients whose bodies can produce sufficient testosterone, and in the treatment of anemia and certain types of cancer, tuberculosis as well as in burn victims. Steroids are not meant to treat ligaments and sprained muscles
Different type of steroids
There are different forms of steroids. There are those that elderly take to treat arthritis and there are those that athletes use to increase physical performance.
Those that athletes use are known as anabolic steroids and it is different than the medicated steroids because they don’t have cortisone such as prednisone which reduces inflammation. Medical steroids are used to treat conditions such as arthritis.
They don’t contain masculinizing or muscle building effects like anabolic steroids. However, cortisone has its own negative effects.
Growth hormones are different from steroids
The human pituitary gland is the one that produces growth hormones and it is available synthetically. It is not steroid.
In young children it promotes the growth of glands, tissues, organs and muscles. However, it is produced in smaller amounts in adults.
Athletes such as the late former NFL player Lyle Alzado died as a result of using both growth hormones and steroids. There are not research nor studies to prove that growth hormone increases physical performance- every detail is anecdotal.
Growth hormones are only used in replacement therapy in children are deficient of this hormone. You cannot take anything to enhance growth hormone.