Steroids May Damage Your Liver, Kidney and Cause Other Side Effects

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Steroids are being used by millions of people all over the world so that they can make their performance better. Do you also use steroids to perform well? Well, if you do so then you are going to face a lot of health problems because steroids are injurious to health due to their side effects.

Steroids cause many side effects

its effects can be temporarily or permanently; its effect can appear soon or at a later stage in your life. Steroids may boost energy that may lead you to perform as ‘the best’ but it has various adverse effects on your precious health. Some of the side effects of steroids have been mentioned below.

People who use steroids may run fast on the field; if you are an athlete or if you are a cricketer you can hit boundaries or sixes and win the game or tournament but it may cost your life because steroids harm your vital organs that lead to serious health problems at a later stage.

Effects of Steroid on Liver

Liver is one of the most vital organs of human body. If your liver is damaged you can suffer from various serious diseases such as jaundice, diabetes, kidney failure, cancer, hepatitis etc. When you ingest steroids orally they pass through your liver where they are broken down by different types of enzymes. Thereafter they enter into your bloodstream. Steroids produce toxins in your liver in this process that eventually leads to liver damage in the long run. Your liver is unable to filter your blood and thus toxins spread into your whole system. Your digestion system is highly affected due to liver damage and in some cases liver damage can be life threatening also.

Effects of Steroids on Kidneys

Your kidneys play vital role in the filtration and excretion of urine from your system. If your kidneys get damaged you can’t live for long. When you take steroids your kidneys have to work harder. Your urine may appear very dark after using some steroids. This is an indication that your kidneys are being affected. If you are a victim of hypertension, you are more likely to suffer from kidney failure if you use steroids; hence you should consult your doctor before using steroids.

Cardiovascular Disease

Anabolic steroids lead to cardiovascular diseases. This happens because on one hand steroids lowers HDL which is known as good cholesterol and on the other hand it increases LDL which is also known as bad cholesterol. Bad cholesterol leads to plaque formation on the walls of your blood vessels and arteries which is one of the major causes of heart attack and stroke. The plaque obstructs blood flow completely due to which blood cannot reach your heart or brain. This condition leads to heart attack or stroke. Hence it can be said that steroids indirectly leads to heart attack and stroke. High level of bad cholesterol also gives rise to other heart diseases.

Effects of Steroids on Blood Clotting

If you use anabolic steroids you would suffer from blood clotting problem that means the time taken for your blood to clot would be more than normal person. It means that if you get a minor cut and it starts bleeding then it would take more time in clotting which would lead to more blood loss. In case of major wounds it would put your life in danger if the blood doesn’t clot easily. Athletes who use steroids and are planning to go for any kind of surgery should know that any kind of complications may arise.

Effects of Steroids on Mood

Behaviour of a person is greatly affected who uses steroids regularly. Men become very aggressive in comparison to women; however the personality of women too changes. Some steroid users also become violent and may suffer from psychosis and mania.

Rampant Acne

It is one of the most common side effects observed in steroid users. This happens because androgens stimulate sebaceous glands which eventually secrete more oils in the skin. Steroids cause hormonal imbalances which results in acne on the face as well on the back and shoulders also. It can also cause blemishes and other skin problems.

Depression

Steroids cause hormonal imbalance in your system due to which your mood is highly affected. Due to imbalance in your estrogen hormone or androgen hormone you start suffering from depression. Depression is a major problem which can make your life miserable and cause you perform badly in other activities.

Hair Loss and Baldness

Use of steroids can cause hair loss in men and they tend to become bald very soon because steroids have negative impact on the scalp. Such kind of hair loss is also known as androgenetic alopecia. The scalp reacts to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) quite strongly, and there are various steroids which can either convert to DHT or are derived from it: this is the main factor why steroids lead to premature baldness.

Birth Defects

If a pregnant women has used steroids or uses steroids the development of her fetus is going to get affected greatly. Steroids users can suffer from problem such as Adrenal Genital Syndrome which would be very bad for your child.

Gynecomastia

This means that breast tissues in men develops which cause men with enlarged breasts like women. This happens due to hormonal imbalance when an estrogen level is increased and testosterone level is reduced. When there is excess levels of estrogen in your body it finds it way to form breast tissues. You can also feel itchiness or pain or both in your nipples if you use steroids. Male breast development occurs in the same manner as female breast development takes place.

High Blood Pressure

People using steroids usually develop high blood pressure. Due to hormonal imbalance the level of salt and water retention is elevated which also leads to high blood pressure. High blood pressure finally may cause heart attack, stroke etc.

Immune System

Use of steroids makes your immune system very weak and you become vulnerable to many diseases. You may also develop cancer at a later stage. You are more likely to suffer from prostrate cancer.

There are various other side effects of steroids. Hence think again before using steroids to enhance your performance.