What Are Steroids Made Of - Know the Facts

Updated on 13 Jul 2009,
Published on 13 Jul 2009

Steroids are biochemical lipids that are soluble in organic solvent and slightly soluble in water as well. It is composed of three combined cyclohexane (six-carbon) again combined with a fourth cyclopentane ring. Steroids are found naturally in human body as Progesterone, Estrogen, Cortisol, and testosterone. The most abundant mammalian cell steroid is Cholesterol. Steroids are now days made artificially for supplementing human diets resulting in yielding high energy.

Steroids found in market are synthetic substance that is quite similar to male sex hormone testosterone. These synthetic substances are used to treat people with poor health. Doctors do not prescribe steroids to healthy people just for the sake of building muscles and gaining energy. It is illegal to buy and use steroids without the prescription of the doctor. One of the most widely used steroids is Winstrol which is very popular among the youths of today.

Steroids can be specifically categorized into two namely, anabolic and androgenic. Anabolic steroids, used either by ingesting pills or injection, promotes the growth of skeleton muscles. Some of anabolic steroids are anadrol, oxandrin, winstrol, dianabol. Androgenic, on the other hand, are used to enhance male sexual characteristics. Some of the androgenic steroids are decca, depo, equipoise etc.

Anabolic-androgenic steroids are derivatives of male sex hormone testosterone. It is the synthetic version of testosterone which has been made chemically in the laboratories following same structure of testosterone.

A number of side effects accompany the use of steroids. It has an adverse effect on the body as well as the mind. Loss of immunity, loss of libido, liver damage or cancer, stoppage of bone formation in teenagers, short life span, increases the size of prostate, high blood pressure, kidney problems etc. are some of the side effects that it has on the individual using steroids. Thus it has been strictly warned that it should not be used without the recommendation and prescription of the doctor.

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