ObjectiveIn this lesson, you will analyze the harmful effects of using dietary supplements and anabolic steroids.IntroductionSammy's family was riding bikes in a big state park when his sister Parker saw a path that she knew would be shorter. She convinced everyone to take it, and it was very nicefor a while: shady, cool, and lush with green plant life. Then they came to a creek piled high with dead wood. They couldn't bike across or carry their bikes around it, so they had to turn back to the main road. Meanwhile, a skunk popped out of a woodpile, and they had to hightail it back as fast as they could.Parker's shortcut seemed like a nice way to save some time and energy, but it backfired. That's because shortcuts can have drawbacks, even though they seem an easy way to reach goals. Anabolic steroids and dietary supplements are examples of shortcuts people take for immediate benefit that can harm their bodies in the long run—or even immediately. People, including teens, who take steroids and dietary supplements usually do so because of peer pressure and media influence. This practicecan harm your body, especially if you haven't consulted a doctor about using these substances.The beefed-up physiques of body builders and actors that most teens admire are sometimes a product of anabolic steroids. Although these people might look big and strong, steroid use can make them physically weak in the long run. It may temporarily give them the so-called perfect look, but at the same time it weakens their immune systems and makes way for a host of other problems. Steroids are sometimes prescribed in small quantities to overcome certain illnesses, but their abuse can cause a lot of harm.In the same way, dietary supplements used for the right reasons and in the right quantity can provide missing essential nutrients to the body. However, taking them for the wrong reasons and without a doctor's oversight can be harmful.
In this lesson, we'll look more closely at how anabolic steroids and dietary supplementsaffect your body.Anabolic SteroidsAnabolic steroids are synthetic versions of the male hormone testosterone. The word anabolicconnects this substance to muscle building, while the word steroidspecifies the class of drugs to which it belongs. Physicians prescribe these drugs in small quantities to treat problems related to hormone deficiency, growth disorders, muscular disorders, or anemia.