Synthetic derivatives of the male hormone, testosterone, used illegally by athletes, along with a muscle-building exercise program and a high protein diet, to increase muscle mass and strength in an unnaturally short amount of time. Although these drugs are known to bulk you up, they have not been proven to actually increase strength. They have been proven to damage your health significantly and therefore to make you weaker.
Many of these illnesses and side effects may not show up until 5 or more years after you've stopped using steroids.
Anabolic steroids may appear to give you extra muscle mass, but their predominant effect is an overwhelming weakening of your body. Steroids will make you shorter, cardiovascularly weaker, and cause more than 70 physical and psychological side effects, some of which are fatal. If you're not as big as you'd like to be, the last thing you want to do is take steroids, because steroids stunt your growth. If you're not as strong as you'd like to be, do not take steroids, because they have not been proven to increase strength. Someone with a bulky muscle mass due to steroids is not necessarily stronger than someone with less bulk. Bruce Lee was incredibly strong, yet he had very little muscle mass. Finally, if you think taking steroids is a quick ticket to a huge muscular body, think again. Even with steroids, a well-defined muscular body is only achieved through long hours of working out in the gym and a strict diet low in fat and high in protein and other nutrients. If you fail to constantly balance the steroids with a strict vigorous training program, you will blow up like the cows that are injected with hormones to fill their bodies with fat. Be smart. The unpredictable reasons for taking steroids are dwarfed by the severe costs to your body. Many people experience growth spurts and muscle growth into their 20's. Be smart. Exercise patience. If you do, you will overall be physically in better shape and will live much longer than anyone who takes steroids.
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