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Anabolic Steroids By: Deven Kropf ISU books The readers view of Barry’s image is significantly different, by the way the two books portray him to be! -In Love me Hate me he is a villain. The book Love me Hate me is about Barry Bonds, a baseball icon who was amazing at baseball. During his MLB career, he set several records hitting many home runs and hitting the baseball farther than anyone in the league. It did not all come naturally for Bonds, he used steroids through his MLB run. He was not respected in the MLB as he was arrogant and rude to his teammates and the media. -In Barry Bonds Baseball’s superman he is an idol! The book Barry Bonds Baseball's Superman is about Barry being an idol to many. He knows how to be a major leaguer by showing his baseball talents day in and day out. The book tries to prove that he is the best baseball player ever. This book provides a lot of detail and background on his statistics and earned records while playing in the MLB. Break down of Anabolic Steroids Anabolic: Steroids: are organic compounds – any large group is a type of metabolic process which means there is an increase in metabolism promoting tissue growth to help increase muscle size. of natural or synthetic fatty substances containing four carbon rings, including sex hormones such as testosterone and estrogen. According to the Encarta Dictionary: English (North America) Definition Original use for steroids Anabolic Steroids is the most popular steroid Steroids were not created to be used to gain muscle, weight, strength or look un-proportionately huge. Originally steroids were created for good reason, which included medical aid to help people who suffered from muscle loss or cancer, HIV ammonia or osteoporosis. Reasons for using Anabolic steroids is for assisting in the growth of the skeletal muscle and to help develop male characteristics http://www.steroidabuse.com/how-anabolic-steroids-work.html http://www.camh.ca/en/hospital/health_information/a_z_mental_health_and_addiction _information/steroids/Pages/anabolic_steroids_dyk.aspx Why athletes abuse steroids Athletes and weight lifters, as well as other people, abuse steroids. They consume high doses of this drug because they are addicted to winning at all costs and will potentially risk their lives to do so. Anabolic steroids can be addicting and cause cravings of wanting more, similar to drug abuse and addiction. The drug abusers also want higher doses, more often, because they think that the results will be seen and felt faster. http://chemistry.about.com/od/medicalhealth/a/anabolicsteroid.htm http://www.e-steroid.com/steroid-articles/steroids-used-in-sports.html http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/performanceenhancingdrugs/a/AnabolicSteroid.htm Steroids in Sports Steroid use is illegal in international sports competition because it is viewed as an unfair advantage to the user. There are tests to determine if the athlete is on steroids. Even though athletes know the rules and the possible repercussions, they still try to get away with it. Steroid abusers playing on professional teams, puts the team at risk of titles being revoked, because it is unfair and illegal towards competitors and team mates vying for the same title/s. Theory of stacking steroids Drug abusers desire to consume higher doses more often, because they believe that the results in their muscle growth and strength can be seen faster. Steroid abusers do a thing called “stacking” doses which means they mix 2 or more different types of anabolic steroids. The drug users have a theory that if they mix 2 or more anabolic steroids together it will produce a greater amount of muscle than the steroid would do if it was taken without stacking or mixing them together. http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/performanceenhancingdrugs/a/AnabolicSteroid.htm http://alcoholism.about.com/od/steroids/a/steroids.htm How are steroids injected and used? Anabolic Steroids can be taken orally with pills, injected directly into the muscles and they can also be rubbed on the skin with gels or creams. Creams / Gels Pills http://menshealth.about.com/cs/fitness/a/anab_steroids.htm Needles Working out naturally When an individual is lifting weights heavier than what they are used too, small micro-tears are created which are located in the muscle fibers. The body naturally repairs the micro-tear by adding bigger muscle fibers to the location of where the microtears occur. In return the muscle will increase in size which is called muscular hypertrophy. In this process the body uses a natural testosterone. Working out with Steroids Anabolic steroids are a synthetic version of testosterones which helps athletes gain strength muscle mass, endurance and speed. Anabolic steroids also increases the rate of protein synthesis within cells extremely fast so the building of cellular tissue in muscles is very noticeable. When Anabolic steroids are ingested through the blood stream it goes to the muscle tissue and once it is at the muscle cell, it will promote cell growth. Therefore steroid use makes muscles look and seem larger rapidly and unnaturally. Steroid Side Effects Steroids are known to be very dangerous and have some very serious side effects. Some serious and fatal side effects are….. 1) Liver Damage 2) Liver Cancer 3) Roid Rage Liver Damage With liver damage caused from anabolic steroids there is a condition known as cholestasis- which means bile (the digestive fluid that is created in our liver). The bile can not travel to places that it is suppose to go and leaks into the blood stream. This is very hazardous because bile is a very acidic fluid. Symptoms are itchiness, nausea, loss of appetite, dark urine and yellow discoloration in the eyes. http://alcoholism.about.com/cs/steroids/f/steroids_faq05.htm http://chemistry.about.com/od/medicalhealth/a/anabolicsteroid.htm http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/performanceenhancingdrugs/a/AnabolicSteroid.htm http://www.livescience.com/3349-steroids-work.html Liver Tumors Long term use of anabolic steroids will put the individual at a higher risk of getting liver tumors. If the tumors are bad enough they can rupture and cause serious bleeding inside the liver. This is very dangerous as proven by reported deaths due to ruptured tumors. Roid Rage When someone is on steroids there is a severe term known as “roid” rage. After a large dose of steroids is taken a user can get extremely aggressive. They get so angry that there have been murders and harsh attacks that have been linked back to steroids. Since the individual is inserting a high level of testosterone into their body this can cause the individual to go psycho, which in turn contributes to “roid” rage. If the person decides to continue to abuse steroids they can find themselves experiencing uncontrolled mood swings, possibly taking their own life and showing extreme behavior issues. If Steroids are taken long enough the person may begin to show signs of schizophrenia. http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-roid-rage.htm#slideshow http://chemistry.about.com/od/medicalhealth/a/anabolicsteroid.htm http://www.steroidabuse.com/how-anabolic-steroids-work.html http://www.everydayhealth.com/liver-cancer/steroid-use-and-liver-cancer.aspx Other Side effects include What are the Hazards of Steroids? Steroids often make users feel anxious, moody, aggressive and paranoid. Other short-term hazards include: Headaches Nosebleeds Acne Stomach pain Increased heart rate Increased blood pressure Fluid retention Muscle tightness Muscle cramps Tendon problems Many problems can arise from long-term use. These include: Headaches Heart disease Liver Cancer Hypertension Eating disorder Elevated cholesterol Stunted growth Episodes of rage Delusions Violent behavior HIV http://alcoholism.about.com/od/steroids/a/steroids.htm In Conclusion Steroids are very dangerous and should not be used. Work out naturally to acquire natural muscle top and to lessen the risk of damaging your body. Bibliography http://www.counselingseattle.com/drugs/steroids.htm http://alcoholism.about.com/od/steroids/a/steroids.htm http://www.everydayhealth.com/liver-cancer/steroid-use-and-livercancer.aspx http://www.steroid.com/ http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/performanceenhancingdrugs/a/Anabolic Steroid.htm http://www.e-steroid.com/steroid-articles/steroids-used-in-sports.html http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anabolic%20steroid According to the Encarta Dictionary: English (North America) Definition http://www.camh.ca/en/hospital/health_information/a_z_mental_health_and_ addiction_information/steroids/Pages/anabolic_steroids_dyk.aspx http://www.livescience.com/3349-steroids-work.html http://www.steroidabuse.com/how-anabolic-steroids-work.html http://menshealth.about.com/cs/fitness/a/anab_steroids.htm http://alcoholism.about.com/cs/steroids/f/steroids_faq05.htm http://chemistry.about.com/od/medicalhealth/a/anabolicsteroid.htm http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-roid-rage.htm# THANK YOU!