The mention of steroids conjures up dark thoughts for many people. This is unfortunate because for many people this drug has been a savior. Before you jump to conclusions about this drug it is important to understand there is a lot of misunderstanding and myth about steroids.
Steroids are used by way more people for medical conditions than athletes for performance enhancement. The vast majority of steroids are used to treat skin conditions, breathing conditions, and even rheumatoid arthritis. It is a scant few that use the type of steroids designed to increase muscle mass and endurance. Even smaller numbers are actually abusing steroids. However, this is all people seem to remember about steroids, those that abuse them.
Interestingly enough, the stories of abuse are inflated to make one think that using steroids for performance enhancement is a death sentence. While one can only speculate as to why, the reality is that doctors across the country prescribe the same type of steroid athletes use to elderly men to stave off negative effects of aging. If using these forms of a steroid was so dangerous why is it safe for elderly men to increase testosterone? It is a question many athletes have asked over the years.
It is important to point out that there are different types of steroids, if you are not already aware. There are corticosteroids, anabolic and androgenic steroids. The last two types are the performance enhancers that are given the negative attention. Corticosteroid is the form of steroid that is found in topicals, cold medicines, allergy and asthma medications, and injections for rheumatoid arthritis. It makes one assume that corticosteroids are a much safer steroid and thus the good child of the family. In truth, neither form has been studied enough to know the actual risks of either taken for long periods of time.
Do not be fooled by the strong stances in the medical community on anabolic and androgenic steroids. There is not much scientific backing to support the claims that the drugs are more harmful than beneficial. Anything in excess has the potential to be harmful, even water. However, there is evidence that proves these drugs can be taken at levels that are safe and will enhance athletic performance. Why there is so much skepticism around a hormone that is naturally occurring in the body is a mystery. A mystery that continues to boggle the athletic community.