Key Facts about Steroids for Parents
Steroids are medicines which help athletes achieve better performance, become stronger, faster, etc. in short terms. Many young people and even teens use steroids during their trainings. This is cheating, of course, but it gives excellent result, though this has never been proved scientifically. On the other hand, scientists have proved that steroids make serious damage to developing body of child and teenager.
According to statistical data, more than 6% of teenagers use steroids to achieve better results during their trainings. These are shocking numbers, if we consider that steroids are not approved to be used in sports and they are illegal. This article is written for parents and all those who are concerned about steroids, in order to provide information about steroids, their uses, and mechanism of action.
Be cautious. You should suspect that you child uses anabolic steroids if his or her acne is worse and the skin became very greasy with stretch marks. If your child became unusually irritable, and his or her muscles have significantly grown for jus several weeks, talk to your child, and show him or her to the doctor.
You may wonder – if steroids are so harmful, why do they exist? What are they for? The answer is the following: steroids have several types. One of them is anabolic steroids, - they are used by sportsmen and body-builders, and the second one is called corticosteroids. They are usually prescribed by healthcare providers to treat such disease as asthma, lupus or arthritis. The action of corticosteroids and anabolic steroids is completely different. Anabolic steroids are used by bodybuilders to pack on muscles and to prevent muscle breakdown. Anabolic steroids also significantly increase the amount of testosterone in blood.
In fact, anabolic steroids act by pulling extra amounts of testosterone into human’s body. This testosterone is used by human’s body for increasing muscle mass, for extra-hair growth, and deepening of the voice. As the amounts of testosterone are too high, these processes happen very fast.
However, this is against the low in most civilized countries. This leads to health damage in future, besides. All parents should talk to their kids about the possibility of health damage because of steroids, and the other, normal ways for muscle growth, and improvement of sports characteristics. Discuss healthy ways of competition with your children, make sure your child’s sport environment is healthy and trainers are against steroids, and encourage your child to eat well and get good rest before competitions.
In the next article, see about side effects of steroids.