Anabolic steroidly or “roods” are hormones that bind with androgen receptors in the cells of muscle tissue which then translate into skeletal muscular growth (anabolism) and androgenic (male sexual characteristic) effects hence the acronym AAS which stands for anabolic-androgen steroids. Many athletes take them to develop muscle mass and to get stronger.
Anabolic steroids mess with your RNA
They change how your DNA (the information detailing your genetic makeup) gets to be interpreted or translated by your RNA by way of androgen receptors which regulate gene expression and are responsible for the development and maintenance of male sexual characteristics.
To put it simply, in the adult person, the drug physiologically mimics what a young male goes through at the time of puberty. If you chronically take steroids then your body is constantly going through a drug induced state of male puberty. There are always some of these androgen effects no matter what type of steroid is used.
How are steroids taken?
Steroids are usually administered 3 different ways: Orally, by absorption via the skin, and by injection. If orally, the drug may be put in contact with the mucous membrane underneath the tongue. In this way, it goes more or less into venous circulation instead of passing the long way through the digestive system. If administered by the skin, it is in the form of a patch or implant. If intravenous, the injection is typically made at the shoulder, glute or thigh. Injection is the main method used by athletes and bodybuilders and the drug can be detected for 3 or 4 months. If you take the drug orally then it may only be present from 1 to 4 weeks.
What are the good things that steroids do?
- Anabolic steroids accelerate protein synthesis, and block the effects of a stress hormone called cortisol. This maximizes muscle gain and minimizes muscle breakdown. It also aids in creatine phosphate synthesis. This is when, during muscular contraction, (ATP) adenosine triphosphate loses a phosphate molecule and becomes ADP (adenosine diphosphate). Steroids replace the phosphate molecule. Creatine phosphate synthesis enables athletes to train harder and for longer periods of time. Creatine supplements do the same thing but to a lesser extent which means that once you become a juicer with steroids it becomes unnecessary to supplement with creatine.
- Steroids also help the body to hang onto extra nitrogen which is achieved by eating larger than usual amounts of protein. The reason why this is important is because the body needs to be in positive nitrogen balance in order to build and maintain extra muscle.
- From a medical health point of view, people with chronic muscle wasting illnesses such as cancer or HIV may find steroids helpful in that with certain therapies, fat-free muscle mass and strength may be restored.
What are the bad effects of steroids?
- Muscles can grow so fast with the combination of steroids, heavy lifting, and maximally forced food intake that the connective tissues of tendons and ligaments may not be able to keep up. There are many cases of injury in which the muscles simply “cleave” away from bone and other tissue resulting in catastrophic injuries requiring sometimes months of rehabilitation.
- One big problem with steroids and this is true when taking in any kind of hormone, is that your body will begin to decrease the production of testosterone. In the case of anabolic steroids, the testicles will slow down their production of testosterone even up to the point of halting production altogether.
- Steroids have been known in some cases to cause a not insignificant loss of bone mass after only a few months of use.
- There may be some evidence to suggest that steroids lead to an enlarged heart in weight lifters and bodybuilders (to be fair, however, this condition has also been known to occur without using steroids).
- They can cause an enlarged prostate therefore complicating prostate cancer treatment (although this is easily remedied by discontinuing steroid use).
- There are other possible bad side effects such as men developing breasts, losing hair, heart attacks, high blood pressure, “roid rage,” and more.For further information you can visit steroidly.