25 Most Awful Side Effects Of Steroid Abuse

There are many different kinds of steroids and many different uses. In this list, we’re going to be talking about the short-term and long-term effects of anabolic steroids being used for vanity or to increase athletic ability. You are free to do as you wish, but you are not free of the consequences. So when people use steroids to look more ripped, what are the negative side effects other than sick gains? Here are 25 Most Awful Side Effects Of Steroid Abuse.

Please note that we are not, in anyway, at any point, referring to steroids (even anabolic) that are prescribed by a doctor to treat a medical condition.

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Bile and Liver Problems

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Your liver produces a wonderful and necessary substance called bile that helps you digest food.  When steroids are abused, however, it causes something called cholestasis, which means the bile doesn’t go where it’s supposed to – through your digestive tract and flushed away – but starts to leak into your blood stream. This can cause jaundice, itchiness and loss of appetite among other things.

24

Testicle Shrinkage

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It’s temporary, supposedly, but steroids will send a message to testicles (that make natural testosterone) to shut down since you’re flooding your body with synthetic testosterone, and they’ll start to shrink.  This should go back to normal after the cycle of steroids is finished, but…eeeeee

23

Female Reproductive Issues

torpedoboobsSource: http://www.steroidabuse.com

Not to be sexist, steroid abuse can also cause problems in the reproductive organs of women, such a halting ovulation and decreasing breast size.

22

Mental Issues

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In addition to physical issues, women can also develop feelings of anxiety and depression, and general mental instability ranging from mild to moderate.

21

Weakened Heart

heartattackSource: http://www.webmd.com

Long term steroid abuse weakens the heart, which may not be reversible once steroid use is stopped.



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