aids in the form of pills or potions are often sought by athletes in
the hope that they will improve their performance and turn them into
albeit illegal, are androgenic-anabolic steroids, and common drugs such
as Winstrol, Anavar, Nilevar, Durabolin and Methyltestosterone.
are many fallacies associated with these, including the belief that
they can help build bigger muscles and enhance athletic performance.
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In 1977, the American College of Sports Medicine published a position
paper stating that anabolic steroids do not significantly improve
muscular strength and body mass. Although these gains were achieved
through high-intensity exercise and proper diet, the organisation
recognised that anabolic-steroids may help in some individuals.
However, they were not safe.
and permanent damage can result from large doses of steroids such as
testicular atrophy, pituitary inhibition, prostate enlargement, fluid
retention, high blood pressure, kidney damage, acne, fibrosis of the
liver, breast enlargement (in both sexes), and unwanted hair growth (in
women). Some athletes have also died as a result of steroid
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