Bodybuilders use steroids to increase their muscle mass. They do this because they believe that it enhances their strength. During training, their bodies release testosterone, which signals the muscles to grow. Testosterone is an androgen steroid hormone that stimulates or controls the development and maintenance of male characteristics by binding to androgen receptors in the nuclei of body cells. Some steroids like Winstrol (anabolic steroids) can enhance this process because they act like testosterone in the body; thus, there tends to be minor muscle breakdown during intense exercise or weight training sessions when these types of steroids are present higher concentrations within an athlete’s system.
Other than increasing your strength level, what other effects can steroids have on your body? Unfortunately, steroids can negatively impact your body, from minor to life-threatening problems. For example, your blood pressure increases while using steroids, and the constant high blood pressure combined with increased red blood cell count (caused by the steroid) causes ‘roid rage’. Roid rage is when you become overly aggressive and violent and lose all control over yourself because of a higher concentration of testosterone in your system; this means that people taking anabolic steroids are much more likely to be involved in fights, e.g., rowdy nightclub scenes often involving steroid users fighting each other.
The other significant risk is prostate cancer linked to the use of multiple anabolic steroid injections, especially when they are stacked together; when one injection stops working, you can double up the dosage to compensate for the lack of effect from one injection. Also, since steroids increase red blood cell count, they can cause heart attacks and strokes in vessels with increased pressure, e.g., in arms or legs. They also have a feminizing effect on males, i.e., shrinking testicles and making it harder to get an erection; bodybuilders use testosterone, which is ‘male’ testosterone that switches into female-type hormones once inside your system. Other than positive effects like increased protein synthesis (making more protein), adverse effects include kidney damage by retaining too much water in muscles, so they blow up like balloons, but this means it reduces their ability to generate force during exercise, so you don’t become more muscular, only more significant.
Steroids are a big problem in sports today, and they have been linked to many famous athletes who test positive for doping, e.g., Marion Jones, Ben Johnson, etc. Since these drugs negatively affect your health, it is essential to understand the dangers of taking steroids and make an informed decision based on this knowledge about whether or not to accept them – you need to look at all those professional athletes that were caught using steroids. Now their careers were over; they never realized that steroids could kill them until it was too late.