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"Steroids", its a familiar word with typically negative effects. No doubt you have heard about athletes and many other people who use them and most often abuse them. It makes me wonder why people take them, but of course everyone wants to look and feel great. Steroids are a group of hormones with similar chemical structures. Your adrenal glands, located on top of your kidneys, and your reproductive organs secrete dozens of these hormones. Yet people still take steroids to produce even more. Steroids help control your metabolism, inflammation, immune function, salt and water balance, development of sexual characteristics and your ability to withstand the stress of illness and injury. The steroid which is considered to be the most dangerous is the Anabolic Steroid. Anabolic Steroids are a group of powerful compounds closely related to the male sex hormone. Current legitimate medical uses include: treatment of certain kinds of anemia, and buns.

The most common use however, is among bodybuilders, long-distance runners, cyclists, and various other athletes who claim it gives them a competitive advantage to improve their physical appearance. The steroids are said to stimulate a build up of the body by synthesizing protein for muscle growth and tissue repair. Steroids have become a major problem with people in the sports fields. Some National Football League players estimate that about 90% of their peers use anabolic steroids. High School students and young adults are the ones at the highest risk for steroid abuse. There are many ways people take steroids they range from; injections, or orally. Many athletes take them all in advance rather then continuously , which is called cycling . In addition users usually combine several different types of steroids to maximize their effectiveness while minimizing the process , which is known as "stacking". Many reports...