Will Testing Keep Athletes off Steroids?

If you are an athlete, the best way to make sure you are not disqualified from the competition you’ve worked so hard getting ready for is to stay away from all questionable substances and performance-enhancing drugs. 

Steroids and Performance Enhancing Drugs

Scientists are constantly striving to find new and more effective ways to enhance human health, and there will always be misguided and highly competitive athletes will always seek to use the information and related substances to give themselves any kind of advantage in competition. An increasing number of non-steroidal performance enhancing drugs and substances are always being developed and need to be monitored. As long as athletic competitions exist, there will be people who try to game the system for an unfair advantage.

Harmful Effects of Steroids on the Body

The side effects that steroids have on the body are many and can cause some serious issues including cancers, but many choose to ignore the warnings. Some areas of the body that can be affected are:

  • Face– Water retention resulting in puffy cheeks, the growth of facial hair in women, bad breath, voice of females deepen, acne
  • Eyes- Can cause eye infections, cataracts or glaucoma
  • Heart– Causes heart disease, increases cholesterol levels, can also lead to strokes
  • Chest- Common side effect of long-term steroid cycles or high dose steroid use is breast development
  • Bones- Use of steroids by teenagers and males in their early twenties can impair bone growth leading resulting in shortening of height
  • Impotence- Steroids will cause the testes to decrease its normal function

Steroid Dependency

When the drug use is discontinued, a strong feeling may be left that you need to take them again and this happens even though there are unpleasant and possibly severe side effects happening to the body. ARCpoint Labs nationwide provides reliable health and wellness testing, including steroid testing.  Contact your nearest location to learn more.

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