Steroids are a drug that are mainly used by
people who are involved in sports. They are also used by people
who are affiliated with making themselves stronger.Steroids
are drugs that are injected into the body, usually through the
anus with hypodermic needles.The drug is chemical hormone. Steroids
control growth, metabolism, and blood chemistry. The two main
kinds of steroids are corticosteroids and sex steroids.
Corticosteroids are released by the adrenal
gland. Corticosteroids help to regulate protein and carbohydrate
metabolism. They also influence the body's mineral and water
balance in both males and females. The sex steroid is also produced
in the adrenal gland, in small quantities, and present in the
bodies of both men and women. Women's ovaries produce the sex
In men testosterone produces the sex steroids.
Another type of steroid is the Anabolic steroid, which are similar
to the male sex hormone testosterone. They are used to promote
muscle growth. Both corticosteroids and anabolic steroids are
legally manufactured for medical use.Steroids are used in veterinary
medicine. They are used in meat production, to increase muscle
in cattle and that produces extra lean beef, and they are given
to show horses, racehorses, and race dogs to increase their
People have used steroids for other purposes
other than for those that were intended. People have especially
abused anabolic steroids. Though intended to make sick people
strong, the drug is often used by healthy people, mainly athletes,
who simply want to promote muscle growth. On the streets steroids
are known as "juice", "roids", and to many
steroid users they are known as "chemical athletes".
The history of steroid use dates back to the
late 1930s. Steroids were first developed in World War 2, the
German army reportedly gave anabolic steroids to their soldiers
to make them more aggressive in combat. After the war, doctors
in Europe and the United States frequently used steroids to
treat anemia - a blood disorder - and malnutrition, and helped
recover more quickly from operations.
By the late 1940s, bodybuilders in Eastern
Europe taking testosterone in various forms. In the 1950s, athletes
used anabolic steroids to improve their performance in international
In 1956, American doctor John B. Zieglar worked with a drug
company to produce anabolic steroids in the United States. Professional
athletes particularly football players, began using anabolic
steroids as early as the 1960s.
The health dangers of anabolic steroids were
not yet recognized, and athletes obtained steroids from team
doctors. When state laws were passed against steroids in the
1960s a black market or illegal trade began for steroids. Steroids
eventually found their way into school level athletic programs
at both college and high school levels. Dangers of steroids.
Some physical and side effects of steroid use . Some temporary,
things like hair loss, nose bleeds, acne, high blood pressure.