• Maximillion Fraser

More Than Muscle

For many teens and adults alike, going to the gym is a crucial part of a daily routine. Whether it be to lose weight, put on muscle, or whatever that person’s goal is, there are extreme benefits that come from working out, such as improving your cardiovascular system, dealing with stress and so on.

However, recently, steroid use has increased to a great extent. At what point does this lifestyle become unhealthy?

For many, nutrition outside of the gym is as important as going to the gym itself. Whether it is a daily salad, or inhaling a protein shake immediately following the workout, everyone has a preference. Generally, this garners even more improvements.

There comes a point where a lifestyle like this becomes unhealthy -- steroids. According to www.drugfree.org, an overwhelming 5% of teens alone use steroids to increase muscle mass.

While they may believe that this will improve their image in the short run, what is being neglected are the long-term health issues involved with the use of steroids.

Using steroids is known to have negative health effects, especially if the drug user begins taking the drugs from an early age. Short-term effects include things such as acne breakouts, oily skin and hair, as well as hair loss. On top of this is an altered mood, which can, and may, lead to depression.

Although many of these short-term effects may not seem too devastating, it is the long term effects that will truly harm the user’s health the most. Liver disease, such as tumors and cysts, is very common among steroid users, as well as heart disease, increase in heart attack rates, and kidney disease.

The effects of these dangers listed are brutal. Liver disease can lead to liver failure, which is an extremely life-threatening position for a person to be in. Heart disease and a heart attack’s effects are obvious, and kidney failure can lead to bone disease, malnutrition and even more.

There comes a point where inner health is more important than outer image. Unfortunately, teenagers and adults alike have been abusing steroids, and ultimately, setting themselves up for health issues later on in life.