Anabolic steroids: and other performance-enhancing drugs by Patrick Lenehan

By Patrick Lenehan

An incredibly topical assessment of ways anabolic steroids are taking part in an more and more prominant half in non-competitive recreation. Brings jointly the most important concerns in a lucid layout that might entice a extensive diversity of scholars and execs.

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Research into the psychological effects of illicit AS use is difficult because it is more or less impossible to replicate the conditions under which AS are used illicitly. However, Su et al. (1993) conducted research into the effects of high doses of AS. They found that men taking a high dose of AS were likely to experience effects that included increased irritability, increased violent tendencies, increased mood swings and an increase in anger. This study was controlled and double blind, the subjects were also screened for previous substance misuse and psychological problems before taking part in the study.

12 Anabolic steroids: a social problem? The popular image of the use of doping substances remains focused on sports people and on use in gyms. Increasingly, concern is being expressed that the 28 Anabolic Steroids use of doping substances may be gaining popularity in other settings. Some studies have suggested that homosexual men and young fashion-conscious individuals may be encouraged to use these substances for cosmetic purposes (Korkia and Stimson, 1993). Commenting on the health risks associated with doping substances is problematic, although I will attempt this in the next chapter.

1982). If the testes become too atrophied the effect may become permanent. Some AS users administer human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) after finishing courses of AS in the hope of accelerating the restimulation of testes to regain testicular volume and to promote spermatogenesis. Human chorionic gonadotrophin has the same action as pituitary LH, it is secreted by the placenta from pregnant women and collected from their urine. Single doses of hCG appear to have no effect and repeated hCG treatments cause habituation of testes to natural stimulation of LH (Glass and Vigersky, 1980).

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