It is a well-known fact that the use of anabolic steroids can improve an individual's ability to perform certain athletic activities. This synthetic version of the male hormone can promote muscle development, making it easier for athletes to build their strength. Anabolic steroids are mostly used by professional athletes and bodybuilders for enhancing their performance. In this article, we will mainly focus on the steroid statistics in America, where anabolic steroids are completely banned. Most parts of the world do not have any law prohibiting this drug. In the UK, a person can legally possess and use anabolic steroids (in medicinal form and not counterfeit).
The term "steroid statistics" was popularly used in the sporting world for several years. As a result of the prohibition laws, the term has faded away into the background and is rarely used anymore. Today, the statistics of steroid use among non-athletes has risen to a significant extent. Anabolic steroid use has become more widespread than people initially thought . It has become a popular performance enhancing drug among members of the general public who take part in athletics or gym activities.
What we need to realize is that unlike other illicit or prohibited drugs, anabolic steroids do not result in unnatural euphoric experiences for the individual taking it. Instead, they simply contribute to the increase in hormones, which can help in enhancing a person's athletic abilities. Since the body already contains natural hormones, anabolic steroid use does not involve feeding your body with harmful foreign substances.
Statistics on steroid use
The American Journal of Sports Medicinereported that there are approximately 3 million individuals in the US who use anabolic steroid. This means that the number of steroid users make up about 1% of the country's total population . Back in 1991, the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse reported that there are more than 1 million steroid users in the country. When comparing these two reports, we see that there is a significant increase in the number of steroid users despite anabolic steroid falling under the Class III Controlled Substance category .
Several studies have also revealed that many individuals are involved in the non-medical use of anabolic steroids (NMAS). A report in the National Center for Biochemistry also indicated that 74% of the people who use anabolic steroids for non-medical purposes are highly educated . They either hold a university degree or a post-secondary college degree. The study also indicated that the average anabolic steroid user is approximately 30 years of age and an employed professional earning an above-average income.
It was also found in this study that the typical anabolic steroid user does it for the purpose of increasing strength and muscle mass as well as improving their overall physique. This goes to show that anabolic steroid use is more widespread among highly educated adult citizens and not teenagers or high-school students. The average steroid user is just attempting to enhance their physical appearance.
Health and safety data of steroids
It is important to know that there are several health risks involved with anabolic steroid use. This does not nullify the fact that it can be highly beneficial for healthy male adults who use it responsibly. Like mentioned earlier, most anabolic steroid users are healthy adult males between the ages of 25 and 35. A study conducted by the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center surveyed 500 steroid users . It was found that close to 4 out of 5 users were not active in any athletics or bodybuilding activities but were active adult males.
In regards to the safety of anabolic steroid use, the health risks involved are minimal when used responsibly and administered at a healthy dose. A study conducted in 2001 by the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science investigated the effects of testosterone at a dosage of 600mg a week for 20 weeks and how it impacted 61 healthy males between the ages of 18 and 35 . It was found that this dosage did not have a significant impact on prostate-specific antigen (PSA). It did not have a negative impact on the sexual function of these subjects.
Also, this dosage did not impact the hepatotoxicity (liver strain) of these men. Their psychological function was not negatively affected either. The study found one negative effect , which is a slight alternation in the cholesterol values. This problem gradually subsided in a few weeks after the anabolic steroid doses were stopped.
In a similar study conducted in 2002, 30 male adults with HIV were administered 600mg of Deca-Durabolin (an anabolic steroid) for 16 weeks . Like before, there were no significant negative changes found in these men except for a slight decrease in the level of HDL cholesterol. In fact, one of the groups in this study had undergone weight training. This group experienced an improvement in their cholesterol levels. These studies are clear proof that the responsible use of anabolic steroids in healthy male adults does not pose a significant health risk.
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