I wanted to discuss with you today about a very important issue in Kuwait that is “STEROIDS” or what are called hormones / performance enhancing drugs.
I have noticed that many young guys in Kuwait have became obsessed with steroids (thru injection of hormones or pills) to build their body muscles quickly, they have become so popular that I thought I must really bring it to surface for discussion. It has become so usual for me to see & hear guys talking about using them everyday at the Gym. What I fear most is that am pretty sure that non of those guys really knows what he’s doing to his health on both short & long term. The other problem is that Kuwaiti government (Ministry of Health & Ministry of Interior) have not yet taken proper actions.
So what are STEROIDS?
Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids are synthetically (made by chemicals) produced variants of the naturally male sex hormone testosterone. “Anabolic” refers to muscle-building, & “androgenic” refers to increased male sexual characteristics. Steroids are drugs legally prescribed (only under physician supervision) to treat conditions resulting from steroid hormone deficiency, such as delayed puberty, accidents & other diseases.
Nowadays, many amateur bodybuilders are abusing them to get those HUGE-SIZED muscles without even trying to understand their serious side effects.
Picture showing Steroids sold in Kuwait
What are the Side-Effects of Steroids on Health?
Steroid abuse can lead to serious, even irreversible health problems. Some of the most dangerous among these include liver damage; yellowish pigmentation of skin, tissues, & body fluids; fluid retention; high blood pressure; increases in LDL (“bad” cholesterol); & decreases in HDL (“good” cholesterol). Other reported effects include hair loss, renal failure, severe acne, & trembling. In addition, there are some gender- and age-specific adverse effects:
- For men— shrinking of the testicles, reduced sperm count, infertility, baldness, development of breasts, increased risk for prostate cancer.
- For women— growth of facial hair, male-pattern baldness, changes in or cessation of the menstrual cycle, enlargement of the clitoris, deepened voice.
- For adolescents— stunted growth due to premature skeletal maturation & accelerated puberty changes; risk of not reaching expected height if steroids taken before the typical adolescent growth spurt.
In addition, people who inject steroids run the added risk of contracting or transmitting HIV/AIDS or hepatitis.
This is very good video about steroids