Biotechnology - Anabolic Steroids

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Steroids (also known as 'roids, juice, hype, or pump) are any drugs or hormonal substances chemically related to testosterone, a male hormone that helps muscle growth. Anabolic means "building body tissue." Anabolic steroids help build muscle tissue and increase body mass by acting like the body's natural male hormone, testosterone.

People usually take in high doses of steroids to boost athletic performance and to do extremely well in competitions and sports, but sports and athletic competitions are not the only reason why steroids are used. Outside of sports, they are used because someone wants to change or make his or her physical appearence better, usually based on them thinking or having the problem that he or she is obese, underweight, too weak or other personal views. Abusing Anabolic steroids is when athletes and other people want a shortcut to becoming bigger and stronger.

There are more than 100 varieties of anabolic steroids that have been developed, but only a limited number have been approved for human or veterinary use, and each of them require a prescription in order to be used medically in the United States.

Many of the illegal steroids are smuggled in from other countries, illegally taken from U.S pharmacies or made in secret laboratories. Estimates show that there are more than $400 million worth of black market (illegal) sales of steroids per year.

Physicians hardly ever prescribe steroids today, and the few remaining medical uses for them are generally limited to treatment of certain kinds of anemia, severe burns, and some types of breast cancer.

Anabolic steroids were first invented back in the 1930's, before the term steroid was even used. It was invented by a group of scientists, to help men whose bodies produced not enough amounts of the natural hormone that is needed for the...