17 Jan The Harmful Consequences of Performance Enhancing Drugs
Performance enhancing drugs (PED) have been linked to famous athletes who used them to enhance their athletic abilities and endurance. However, professional and college athletes make up just a fraction of the reported 3 million PED users, with weight lifters and bodybuilders making up the majority. One of the misconceptions about PEDs is that the side effects are minimal enough that use is safe and management. But research has shown that PED use has been linked to much more serious health problems, such as musculoskeletal disorders, cardiovascular diseases and psychiatric problems.
A scientific statement released by The Endocrine Society highlighting the adverse effects of PED use is aimed at marshalling the medical community into viewing the problem as more widespread.
The most prevalent PEDs build muscle mass and reduce fat. The most dangerous and habit forming PEDs are called anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS). Research reports that AAS usage results in nearly 30 percent of users developing a dependence and that approximately 1 million males in the United States have been addicted at some point in their lives.
What Are the Consequences of PED Use?
PEDs have been linked to several adverse reactions, including but not limited to infertility, sexual dysfunction, acne, testicular atrophy, gynecomastia, acne and hair loss.
Those who take PEDs are also more likely to participate in behavior that is high risk and carries dangerous consequences, such as alcohol and other drug use. AAS users are also more likely to experience rage, antisocial behavior and exhibit violent and suicidal actions.
Researchers and experts on PEDs insist that, rather than focusing on the matter of drugs giving athletes an unfair advantage over their opponents, it’s the physical and mental consequences that are far-reaching and dramatic.
Why Some Don’t Realize the Dangers of PED
Because most PED use started in the early 1980s, early users are just now in their 50s and have yet to begin experiencing many of the long term effects, making some believe there isn’t a real threat. However, doctors believe that symptoms and health problems related to PED use will show up later in life, which is why youth awareness of the dangers is so important.
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