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Anabolic Steroids



Anabolic Steroids
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     challenging words:    namely, performance-enhancing, roid, testosterone, synthetic, forbidden, acne, reproductive, originally, rage, version, long-term, illegal, behavior, banned, naturally


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     Spanish: Esteroides anabólicos


Anabolic Steroids
By Jennifer Kenny
  

1     Do you remember that hormones are substances released in the body to make changes in another part? Well, scientists came up with a synthetic version of one of these hormones, namely testosterone. These synthetic types are called anabolic steroids and their job is to promote muscle development. Have you ever heard of the term anabolic? Anabolic means "building."
 
2     Originally, and medically speaking, anabolic steroids were prescribed by doctors for important medical reasons. For example, they were used to help the elderly heal wounds. They also helped to treat the muscle difficulties faced by AIDS patients. Unfortunately, like many other drugs, these drugs have become abused as well.
 
3     Unlike many abused drugs, steroids don't have immediate effects on the brain. The effects are on the physical aspects of the body. So who might be using them? Ironically, the people who often use them without prescriptions are often the ones who appear to be taking the best care of their bodies. Who might that be? Athletes.

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