Anabolic steroids can be used as performance-enhancing drugs that increase muscle mass and decrease fat, in addition to causing many undesirable effects. Some athletes, weightlifters, and bodybuilders take them regularly to improve their physical performance and strengthen their bodies. Anabolic steroids are synthetic hormones that aid the growth and repair of muscle tissue. They mimic the male sex hormone, testosterone.
An unknown percentage of steroid users may become addicted to the drug, as evidenced by the fact that they continue to take steroids despite physical problems, negative effects on social relationships, or nervousness and irritability. Under this legislation, anabolic steroids are defined as any drug or hormonal substance chemically and pharmacologically related to testosterone (except estrogens, progestins and corticosteroids) that promotes muscle growth. And people who use steroids also appear to be at greater risk of using other drugs, such as alcohol or cocaine, often to counteract some of the negative effects of steroids. The present study aimed to determine the frequency of anabolic steroid abuse among bodybuilders in Kerman, Iran, in the first phase and then, based on the findings, to suggest interventions to inform both athletes and coaches about complications and potential risks.
They should also be informed that the effectiveness of anabolic steroids in improving muscle strength and performance among sexually mature people is not approved by studies. Users believe that stacking improves the effects of each individual drug, the pyramid allows the body to get used to high doses of steroids, and periods without steroids help the body recover from medications. Some bodybuilders and athletes use anabolic steroids to build muscle and improve athletic performance. It may take up to 4 months to restore natural testosterone levels after taking anabolic steroids for a long time.
The pressure to continue using steroids can cause feelings of anger or depression if they are denied access to steroids, even temporarily. Some people who aren't athletes also take steroids to increase their endurance, muscle size and strength, and reduce body fat, which they believe improves personal appearance. Anabolic steroids, also called anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS), can build muscle and improve athletic performance, but they can also have significant adverse effects, especially when used improperly. Anabolic steroids stimulate the growth and accumulation of muscle tissue in response to training by mimicking the effect of naturally produced testosterone in the body.
People who use anabolic steroids illegally often do so to increase lean muscle mass, reduce fat and accelerate recovery from injury. The first step in treating anabolic steroid abuse is to stop using them and seek medical help to treat any psychiatric or physical symptoms that may occur. According to a study on bodybuilders conducted in Belgium from 1988 to 1993, the frequency of anabolic steroid abuse was 35% to 58% .5, which is much higher than the rate in the city of Kerman.