Deakin Communicating Science 2016

EES 200/101

The side effects of steroids

Are all claims made by the media and government accurate and reliable in regards to steroids?

The truth will be unraveled and discovered as to what steroids can do for one individual.

Competitively, steroids give you a significant advantage and edge. You can take your desire “to the next level” and achieve physical results that are not naturally obtainable.

The primary function of anabolic steroids is to retain as much protein as possible, which is the building block of muscle growth and recovery.

Naturally, it takes roughly 48 hours for a muscle tissue to recuperate. With the addition of steroids, that process takes hours, which is quite astounding.

Since an individual who is taking steroids becomes considerably stronger, they are able to train at a much higher intensity, more frequency and will not fatigue. Most natural athletes will over train and their body will start to break down, which will result in injury.

Will you get big and strong if you take steroids? No!

You will still need to perform vigorous physical activity and eat foods with the necessary nutrients to allow your body to grow.

Wow, if I take some steroids I am going to have an amazing body and be really good at sport and getting the girls! Let’s look at why this may not be the smartest philosophy.

In order for a system to balance, there needs to be as much positives as there are negatives. In the case of steroids, the negatives clearly outweigh the positives.

In the National Library of Medicine, side effects of steroids included;

  • Ruins natural testosterone levels which causes reproductive problems.
  • Developing gynecomastia (abnormal growth of breast tissue)
  • Emotional instability (roid rage, uncharacteristic mood swings)
  • It is very expensive. Some professional bodybuilders admitted spending up to $20,000 a month in order to prepare for a competition
  • The use of needles could lead to blood diseases such as hepatitis and HIV
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Enlarged organs
  • Increased chance of cardiovascular disease
  • Liver damage
  • High cholesterol
  • Severe acne
  • Sterilisation
  • Kidney problems
  • Excessive sweating
  • Mental health problems such as psychosis, depression and insomnia

As you can see, the scales are quite lopsided.

Obviously, when someone is going out of their way to buy in illegal substance, they are aware of the implications and consequences. This does not necessarily mean that they are fully informed or understand the risks of a banned compound.

Many of these people are young boys, who quickly realise that looking like their childhood heroes is not as easy as it seems.

We are in a ‘microwave society’. That is, most of us expect successful results with little to no effort. Similarly, you cannot bake a cake in 15 seconds, it takes time.

People, particularly our youth, do not want to wait and want instant results

This results in many misinformed adolescence using steroids at a young age, which has become a major social problem in contemporary society.


3 comments on “The side effects of steroids

  1. bryce1234567
    May 7, 2016

    Hi , your blog has covered the effects of steroids and their controversial use in sport well and the blog is an very to easy read but steroid have various other uses apart from their use in sport for muscular hypertrophy (anabolic steroids ) .
    In sport corticosteroid injection are used to fix injuries such as tennis elbows and inflamed joints . doctors sometimes prescribe this to patients in high level sporting clubs because it is a quick fix to these injuries .The corticosteroid injection is used to mimic the “hormones cortisone and hydrocortisone produced by the adrenal glands” . These hormones usually help to reduce inflammation. The injection adds more of these hormones to speed up the healing process and because the hormones are released into the specific area of the body they help to increase the likely hood of the body detecting and recovering from the injury .
    steroids are also used in medical practises for :
    • Asthma
    • Autoimmune diseases such as lupus and multiple sclerosis
    • Skin conditions such as eczema and rashes
    • Some kinds of cancer
    (Medline plus,,7/05/2016)


  2. wx85zs
    May 8, 2016

    I really enjoyed this blog!!!! I like the way you have mentioned about the social life we live in today and that people are picking the easy way. I totally agree, I personally train and I see a lot of people on steroids every day at the gym. Most of them are even younger than me and use steroids on a daily bases. Testosterone is a male hormone (women have small amounts though) that has anabolic and androgenic effects. The anabolic effect refers to the promotion of bone density, the growth of muscle, and the rapid recovery from injury. The androgenic or masculinising effect is responsible for developing and maintaining all male characteristics which include; the penis, testicles, muscle mass, deep voice and facial hair. However, men and women users who take steroids illegally do so to increase lean muscle mass. Steroids work by imitating the properties of naturally occurring hormones. Muscle tissue is peppered with receptor sites specific to growth. The correct hormonal ‘key’ can access these sites or ‘locks’. Steroids activate these receptor sites because their chemical composition is so similar to the hormone testosterone. Once the receptor sites are stimulated, a domino effect of metabolic reactions takes place as the drug instructs the body to increase muscle tissue production. All useful information can be found on; outlining the forms of steroids, effects of steroids, dependence on steroids, damage caused by long-term steroid use treatment for steroid addiction, where to get help and more,

    Thank you I really enjoyed this blog, I hope I could have helped you out a little.


  3. roksaa
    May 8, 2016

    Great blog post and very interesting read.
    In regards to your comments about the negative side effects of steroids i believe that some issues have been exaggerated or could be easily avoided with correct usage of the substance.
    since in essence steroids drastically increase testosterone levels in the body, elevated testosterone levels can achieved naturally through exercising the correct muscles.
    Further more, kidney and liver disease/failure will only become prevalent when using an excess of the substance. In small controlled dosages, an accelerated development with no serious side effects can be maintained.
    By using correct equipment (needles) and sterilizing them correctly, all blood infections should not be a problem if all proper precautions are taken.
    what are your thoughts on this?


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