Throughout the many years of medical study, steroids has been found to be
an excellent drug for medical use but many times is destructive when not in the
hands of a certified doctor.
Once body-builders gained knowledge about this
drug, they started using it illegally.
This made doctors want to know more about
the drug to warn body-builders of the history, side effects, and the common
mistakes that people often practice with steroids aside from using them illegally.
Evidence shows that at least one scientist reported 100 years ago that
testosterone is the cause of masculine features in males. But 100 years ago it failed
to be proven.
In the 1930's, researchers tested with anabolic steroids on dogs, they
discovered an increase in muscle mass. In the 1940's, it is believed that anabolic
steroids were given to POWs that were suffering from malnutrition. In the early
1950's, athletes in Europe and Russia were using steroids to increase their strength.
Steroids were then noticed after Russian lifters shattered weight lifting records.
After this, Dr. Ziegler, was able to prove that testosterone had been the reason for
the increased performance. In 1956, Dr. Ziegler and the CIBA
labs made Dianabol (Methandrostenolone or D-bol). By 1964, all
the top steroids were on the market. Doctors used these steroids
in certain conditions for patients to help cure them, yet nobody
really knew proper dosages for steroids. High-class competitors
competing against other countries almost always used high
dosaged, long cycles of steroids. How to use the steroids were
learned from a training partner, trainer, or another group using the steroids, thus
resulting in disastrous side effects, but incredible strength gains.
Today, there are
millions of athletes on steroids, there are used in all sports by both females and
males. The majority of users are in their late teens. Steroids are being used at ages as
young as 13 to increase performances in school sports. Athletes will do anything to
achieve their goals no matter how high the risk is.
Anabolic steroids are powerful muscle-building and performance-enhancing
compounds. They are many times used as the "secret-
weapon" behind many world-class athletes, their
performance, and bodybuilding. Steroids increase the amount
of muscle one can build. They are banned by almost every
athletic organization and are illegal, therefore leading to
arrests and jail time if one is caught with them. They also
have terrible side effects that can even be deadly. Anabolic
steroids are used to gain the "typically desired effect" while on the other hand
androgenic steroids are considered to deliver the "undesired effect."