These days, you can’t turn on the TV, the radio, or your PC without hearing about or seeing athletes who are so big they look like comic book heros. While anabolic steroids have been commercially used and produced since the 1930s it wasn’t until roughly the 1980s that the government began to uncover the insidious extent of their widespread use. Interestingly, at the time many agencies opposed drug regulation, claiming that they couldn’t cause addiction.
What are anabolic steroids?
Anabolic steroids are chemically produced derivatives of testosterone. Testosterone is responsible for creating protein. Its primary function is to create muscle mass to heighten both physical appearance and strength. Officially, testosterone is the male sex hormone but it is naturally occurring in both men and women even if it is more prevalent in men.
Risks of Long-term Steroid Use
Admittedly, steroids will enhance athletic performance considerably, build strength, even improve physical appearance if the goal is to pack on muscle. Thus they appeal to youths who are trying to gain a competitive edge in sports and professional athletes who know that a tiny advantage can make or break their career.
However, there are long term effects to be considered, especially so-called “roid rage” as long term users can become overly aggressive and violent. There have been reported instances of extreme psychosis with sudden attacks and even suicides.
Risk of Addiction
In the 1980s, the initial claim was that steroids are not addictive, something that has proven to be false. Like any drug there is a risk of dependence with long term abuse. Signs of withdrawal include:
Sometimes, doctors will prescribe anabolic steroids legally as part of their treatment framework. Steroids can actually help patients with AIDS or cancer grow muscle.
Recognizing Steroid Abuse
There are some tell-tale signs of steroid abuse to include:
In a test for steroids there is something called the “T/E Ratio.” This is referring to the ratio of testosterone to epitestosterone in someone’s body. The level of testosterone by itself doesn’t really give a good indication of if someone is using steroids or not. However, if the RATIO of T/E is greater that 4:1 that’s typically an indicator of steroid use. In recent decades the legal limit in sports was 8:1 and furthermore tests themselves are getting more sophisticated. RaBu makes sure to include the T/E ratio in all of our steroid tests.
Testing can be done on amateur and professional sports teams at all level of competition. Here at RaBu we can even come to you to conduct surprise testing. The following is a list of compounds we can test for:
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