How do anabolic steroids work?

Okay, so you’ve decided to take steroids. But do you know what exactly are they and how do they work? Well, in order to take the best decision possible for you and for your health it is important to have at least a basic knowledge about steroids and their impact on the human’s body.

Steroids were created in the 1930’s. They were used as a powerful way to increase rage and aggression during the World War II. Only a few years later scientists discovered their positive impact on the entire physical performance.

So, long story short, steroids are synthetically produced form of testosterone and its derivates. As you probably know, both men and women produce testosterone naturally. The difference is that men produce a lot more testosterone than women, which is the reason why it is also known as a male hormone. Testosterone is responsible for strength and muscles – that’s why it is not a surprise that many bodybuilders that take testosterone can lift more and more heavy weights every time they hit the gym, while it takes ages for others to become stronger.

Types of steroids

There are plenty of types of steroids available on the market. Some of them are used for medical-, others just for bodybuilding purposes. However, the main difference between medical steroids and the ones that are used in bodybuilding is in the ingredients they contain. Most medical steroids contain cortisone or other similar substances, which prevent a range of diseases such as arthritis.

There are also oral and injectable steroids. The main difference between them is their half-life. In most cases oral steroids have to be taken more often than the injectable ones. However, most injectable steroids are also known by the negative side effects, so in some cases it might be worth it to choose the oral over the injectable ones.

As testosterone itself contributes for better physical performance and muscle growth, some athletes even combine different injectable and oral steroids hoping that they will achieve better and faster results. Of course the type of steroids you take should depend mostly on the results you seek for.

Working principle of steroids

Steroids act as hormones in the body, having both anabolic and androgenic impact. Their make you feel in a way that is really similar to the teenage period. This includes not only high testosterone levels, strength and muscle growth, but oily skin and hair, mood changes and acne as well. Steroids stimulate certain molecules in the muscles, which on their side activate higher production of protein.

Proper use of steroids

Initially created for medical purposes, steroids are used for treatment against arthritis, tubercolosis, and hormonal disbalances. However you should keep in mind that anabolic steroids that are perscripted by a doctor are not the same as the ones most bodybuilders take. That’s why, in order learn more about their proper intake and how to prevent potential negative side effects, it is extremely important to visit your doctor or fitness instructor first before taking steroids.