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Are Steroids Worth theRisk?What Are Steroids?Steroids (sometimes referred to as "roids" or "juice") are the same as, or similar to, certain hormones in thebody. The body makes steroids naturally to support such functions as fighting stress and promoting growthand development.But some people use steroid pills, gels, creams, or injections because they think steroids can improve theirsports performance or the way they look.Anabolic steroidsare artificially produced hormones that are the same as, or similar to,androgens, themale-type sex hormones in the body. There are more than 100 variations of anabolic steroids. The mostpowerful androgen istestosterone(pronounced: tess-TOSS-tuh-rone). Although testosterone is mainly amature male hormone, girls' bodies produce smaller amounts. Testosterone helps build muscle and promotesthe masculine traits that guys develop during puberty, such as deepening of the voice and growth of bodyhair. Testosterone levels can also affect how aggressive a person is.Athletes sometimes take anabolic steroids because of their testosterone-like effects.Other steroids, sometimes calledsteroidal supplements, contain dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and/orandrostenedione (also known as andro). For the most part, steroidal supplements, which used to be found athealth food stores or gyms, are now illegal and require a prescription. DHEA is one of the few exceptions andcan still be bought over the counter.

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Term
Spring
Professor
Mrs hughes
Tags
Androgen, Anabolic steroid, Steroids Worth

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