“Steroids” Steroids are groups of natural chemicals, which include fat and all the things fat can break down in the body’s system. From this break down, the body then can be “boosted” and a human being can do things that most people consider physically impossible. Steroids also affects the mind. “…What is found in Steroids are certain alcohols (or sterols), bile acids, many important hormones, some natural drugs, and the poisons found in the skin of some toads” Almost all types of steroids affects humans in a bad way. Steroids affects the male hormone- testosterone, and the female hormone- estrogen. Women take synthetic steroids for their hormones, which are birth control pills. Other kinds of synthetic steroids are prescription drugs for skin disorders, arthritis, asthma, allergies, eye disease. Most cases where people take steroids is when doctors tell patients that they lack body glands that support the right functioning of the system. That is when people can use steroids legally. The majority of the people who use steroids today are athletes. They use anabolic or “quick-fix” steroids. Anabolic steroids induce weight gain, and have a significant increase in muscle mass in the shortest time possible . Steroids were really supposed to help people with cancer, and people who were starving. Steroids can also have serious psychological and physical side effects, such as aggression disorders and cancer of the liver. The steroids that athletes use just increase their performance in all kinds of competitions. That is not the fair way to win. But if athletes were suspected of using any kind of steroids for competitions, they found another way to increase performance. They did “blood doping”. Blood doping is when an athlete gets a transfusion, and the red blood cells increase the athletes’ aerobic ability. But the competition committee found out and suspected the athletes of using. Starting in the Olympic games of 1968, they banned all athletes who were using steroids, but they waited to ban athletes who were blood doping until 1974. The committee just wanted to set an example for future athletes that steroids, down the road would catch up and kill them slowly. Word Count: 357

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