Steroid use is on the rise once again, with official data revealing a four-fold increase in the use of the drug in the UK over the past 12 months and it’s unclear why.
Men may be increasingly body and image conscious but the dangers and side effects linked with these drugs are already well documented.
Nevertheless, loaded felt it was high time someone offered up a refresher on just why taking steroids, anabolic steroids specifically, could end up being one of the dumbest fucking things anyone could ever do.
Short-Term Side Effects of Steroids
Steroid abuse comes with a variety short-term side effects, some of which may be seen as minimal among a few people out there and some which may just give cause for concern.
Acne, mood swings, fatigue and a feeling of restlessness are all pretty common in this context along with sleep issues and a decreased appetite. Perhaps, more concerning though, is that steroid use can also result in impotence and a decreased sperm count.
But that’s only the start of the side-effects – the rest is an absolute horror show.
The Main Side Effects of Steroids
Here’s where things get really scary. Because, as mentioned, steroids come with a seriously alarming list of major side effects that could fuck you up in any number of ways.
In fact, there are so many adverse effects that could impact both men and women, there’s simply not enough time to go into each and every one – so here they are, presented in bullet point form:
• Shrinking of the testicles.
• Excessive hair growth in women.
• Deepening of the voice in women.
• Growth of breast tissue in men.
• Fertility issues.
• Heart problems.
• Elevated blood pressure.
• Rapid mood swings.
• Menstrual irregularities for women.
The Long-Term Effects of Steroids
Oh, what? You thought that was it? No, because, as it turns out steroid use over an extended period of time can create a whole host of additional problems.
For example, regular use can actually change the way the brain works over time, impacting the production and supply of chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters.
The result? Significant changes in mood and behaviour, with even darker consequences on the horizon. Here’s what else you can expect:
• Anger and aggression (“roid rage”).
• Heart attack.
• Kidney failure.
• Tumors in the liver.
• Blood-borne diseases from injection use.
If you have got yourself involved in steroid use, don’t panic – visit your local doctor and they will refer you to a programme to help get you off the stuff. Don’t try and do it yourself.
And if you haven’t taken steroids but are seriously considering it, just don’t. It’s really not worth it.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.