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Anabolic Steroids

Anabolic Steroids
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   8.39

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

Other Languages
     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 can create synthetic versions of hormones. These synthetic types of the hormone testosterone 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, anabolic steroids were prescribed by doctors for important medical reasons. For example, they were used to help heal wounds in the elderly. 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 form 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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