All You Need to Know About Steroids in College
Now there are two types of steroids. This article will focus more on the anabolic steroids because it is baseball and beach season. Yeaaaaah!!!
First off, the other steroid is called a corticosteroid. This drug has potent chemical substances which can reduce swelling and inflammation quickly. These drugs are closely related to cortisol, a hormone produced on the cortex of the adrenal glands. This steroid is basically used in doctor’s offices, and is normally used for arthritis treatment. Most of us college students do not have to worry about this stuff at all.
Now the main steroid that this article will address is the famous anabolic steroid. This steroid is also called Anabolic-androgenic steroid (AAS). To break down the meaning of this drug: “Anabolic” refers to muscle-building and “androgenic” refers to increased male sexual characteristics. “Steroids” refers to the class of drugs. They promote the growth of skeletal muscle and the development of male sexual characteristics in both males and females. You build muscle mass!
Generic Name: Bolasterone – Street Name: n/a
Generic Name: Boldenone – Street Name: Vebonol
Generic Name: Clostebol – Street Name: Steranobol
Generic Name: DehydroehIarmethyItestosterone – Street Name: Turnibol
Generic Name: Fluoxymesterone – Street Name: Android F, Halotestin, Ora-testryl
Generic Name: Mesterolone – Street Name: Androviron, Proviron
Generic Name: Metandienone – Street Name: Danabol, Dianabol
Generic Name: Metenolone – Street Name: Primoboian, Primonabol-Depot
Generic Name: Methandrostenolone – Street Name: Dianabol
Generic Name: MethyItestosterone – Street Name: Android, Estratest, Methartdren
Generic Name: Nandrolone – Street Name: Durabolin, Deca-Durabolin
Generic Name: Norethandrolone – Street Name: Nilevar
Generic Name: Oxandrolone – Street Name: Anavar
Generic Name: Oxymesterone – Street Name: Oranabol, Theranabol
Generic Name: Oxymetholone – Street Name: Anadrol, Nilevar, Anapoton 50
Generic Name: Stonozolol – Street Name: Winstrol, Stroma
Generic Name: Testosterone – Street Name: Malogen, Malogex, Delatestryl
Generic Name: Human Growth Hormone – Street Name: Human Growth Hormone
Well the obvious reason is to build muscle and to get BIG! After all we are in the beach season and everybody wants to have the best body possible. People use steroids to increase muscle mass and/or decrease their body fat. And since working out in the gym may take a while for results, steroids boost the process up. Athletes use steroids to improve their athletic performance. We all see this by every single day there is a new professional athlete, mostly in baseball, who was discovered taking steroids. Many people who take steroids suffer from muscle dysmorphia, which is when people have distorted images about their bodies. Men with muscle dysmorphia think that they look small and weak, even if they are large and muscular. Similarly, women with this condition think that they look fat and flabby, even though they are actually lean and muscular. Some young adults use steroids because it is part of their high-risk behavior. They want to try it and see what the effects are.
There are three ways people normally abuse steroids. The three ways are cycling, stacking, and pyramiding. Here is the description of the three:
Cycling: Taking multiple doses of steroids over a specific period of time, stopping for a period, and starting again.
Stacking: Meaning that they take two or more different anabolic steroids, mixing oral and/or injectable types, and sometimes even including compounds that are designed for veterinary use.
Pyramiding: This is a process in which users slowly escalate steroid abuse (increasing the number of steroids or the dose and frequency of one or more steroids used at one time), reaching a peak amount at mid-cycle and gradually tapering the dose toward the end of the cycle.
Surprisingly the answer is yes! Here is the safe way… Steroids should be administered in cycles, with six to twelve weeks on and ten to twelve weeks off. Now you might think, why the should I take such a long break? What is this 10-12 week off nonsense? Relax, here is why… This break allows your hormones to return to their normal levels, which helps prevent major side effects from the steroids. But remember this helps prevent side effects, you can always get hurt from steroids.
For 20 pills of steroids it will probably cost you around $60-$100. So it is about $5 per pill. Pretty expensive for shit that can hurt you, but it does get you big! To have a bottle of a type of steroid to inject yourself with will probably cost you around $100 too. This bottle will most likely be a 1000mg bottle, still muy expensivo.
Some major effects that can come from the use of steroids are liver tumors, jaundice (yellow staining of the skin and in the eye, sexy for girls right?!), fluid retention, and high blood pressure. For guys, this steroid shit messes up our bodies! Some effects are shrinking of the testicles, reduced sperm count, infertility, baldness, development of breasts. This is freaky shit! Others include acne on the skin, heart attack, stroke, liver cancer, insomnia, stop growth, and if you inject steroids the needles may not be sterile which can lead to infections and even diseases.
Steroids also have an effect on a person’s behavior. When people take steroids in high doses they normally have an increase in irritability and aggression. Some steroid abusers report that they have committed aggressive acts, such as physical fighting or armed robbery, theft, vandalism, or burglary. This is insane!
It seems like every day in the news, on sportscenter, and in the newspaper a new professional athlete especially in baseball is caught using steroids. The latest one was Sammy Sosa but big names have been heard in using steroids: Alex Rodriguez, Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Rafael Palmeiro, Jason Giambi, Jose Canseco, Manny Ramirez, and so on. The list goes on for a long time. It is a shame that we see these athletes being scrutinized for “cheating” in baseball. These were players we all looked up to and still do, and yet they say they did not cheat but who knows. Records have been broken by “lies”, “cheating”? Until the truth comes out we do not know, but all we know is some of our favorite players have taken steroids, and they are slowly destroying a sport which thrives in America!
Here is a website which shows every baseball player involved in steroids.
Alright guys, this recommendation is very simple: Unless it is prescribed by a doctor, STAY AWAY FROM STEROIDS. You do not need them. They cheat you and your body. Work out at the gym, eat healthy, and make the right choices. That is the way to a clean, healthy, and amazing body. Steroids will ruin your life. Stay safe, be clean, and workout hard to maintain the body you desire. Besides, you don’t want to look like the tools on this post. Aside from that, girls prefer a lean and chiseled guy over one that can hardly move.
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About Cliff Englewood Cliff goes to MSU and is TSB Magazine resident "College Life" contributor with tips and advice to get the most out of your time in college.