Steroids have several names, Glucocorticoids and Corticosteroids, and due to their misuse, they have received an unfair reputation. Some steroids are used in the medical industry to treat a variety of illnesses and disease. However, the anabolic versions are man- made, and they have harmful side effects.
Steroids were produced by Dr. John Bosley Zieglar, who is considered the Godfather of Steroids. The first steroid he produced was named Dianabol, and was released with FDA approval by Ciba Pharmaceuticals. His ideal for Dianabol came from the success of Russian weightlifters and their use of testosterone.
Not All Steroids are Good /Bad
Doctors use anabolics to treat a variety of male problems, from delayed puberty, to hormone problems. Athletes and bodybuilders often misuse anabolic steroids to help them improve in their athletic performances. Using anabolic steroids is illegal and poses a health concern. The abuse of anabolics has been associated with numerous health problems such as:
• Aggressive behavior
• Cancer and liver disease
• Heart attack and heart disease
• High blood pressure
• Facial hair, and deep voice in women
• Shrinking testicle and breast growth in men
• Kidney damage
Despite the best intentions, steroids are harmful, especially when they are used in the wrong way. Misuse of the drug can cause cataracts and weak bones. For this reason, long- term use of anabolic steroids are prohibited.
Fun Facts about Steroids
There are some amazing facts about steroids that many people do not know.
Steroids are hormone chemicals, which the human body produces naturally
Fact # 2
Steroids aid the organs, tissues and cells in doing their jobs
Fact # 3
Your body needs a healthy balance of steroids, even during reproduction
Fact # 4
Corticosteroids fight inflammation in the body and keeps the immune system from producing inflammation
Fact # 5
Corticosteroids come in nasal spray, pill, liquid, inhaler, shot, IV tube or skin cream
Doctors use a corticosteroid drug such as prednisone to treat a variety of illnesses and diseases including; multiple sclerosis, rash and skin diseases (eczema), lupus and other autoimmune diseases, asthma, angioedema, rheumatoid arthritis, COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. Doctors also prescribe prednisone to patients with severe allergic reactions. On the flip side, corticosteroids can cause hair growth, weight gain, nausea, puffy face, insomnia, thin skin, acne, mood swings and an increase in glucose and blood pressure.
Taking steroids long- term can cause osteoporosis or brittle bones, eye problem, muscle loss and diabetes. Athletes take these drugs to boost their performance levels, but fail to understand the dangers of taking too much. Taking more than the legal dose of any prescribed or non-prescribed medication poses a life- threatening risk, of developing severe, irreversible health problems.
The most severe health problem related to steroid is severe fluid retention. Fluid retention can create heart failure, and swelling of the heart, in addition to increasing LDL or bad cholesterol. Any of these health related issues can cause a stroke or heart attack.
Is it Safe to Stop Taper Off?
According to medical experts it is not wise to stop taking steroids abruptly. Once the body is accustomed to taking a medication like steroid, the body gets used to it, and have problem functioning without it. Stopping the medication suddenly can cause low libido, depression, fatigue, insomnia, mood swings, and tired achy muscles.
Doctors have a system that will help people slowly reduce or taper off their dose. The secret is to take less and less steroids, until a person eventually stops taking them all together. This gives the body a chance to function with less steroids, and withdrawal symptoms will be less severe.