Steroids and Performance Enhancing Drugs
- Anabolic steroids replicate human sex hormones, usually testosterone. Among other effects, testosterone aids in the synthesis of protein to build lean muscle. This makes them a prime target for abuse among students and young people seeking to enhance athletic appearance and performance.
- Common side effects in female athletes include body shape changes, male pattern baldness, deepened voices, reduced breast size and menstrual cycle disruptions. Steroid abuse in females, while less common than in males, is still a common issue. The incidence of steroid abuse is lower among females.
- Excessive dosages such as 10 to 100 times the amount a doctor would prescribe that many steroid abusers take may produce symptoms such as acne on the back, irritability and mood swings, increased aggression, mania, insomnia and poor judgment.
- As long as athletic competitions exist, there will be people who try to game the system for an unfair advantage. An increasing number of non-steroidal performance enhancing drugs and substances are in constant development and need to be monitored.
Testing for Steroids and Other PEDs
Athletes will always seek to use the information scientists find in their efforts to enhance human health to gain even the tiniest advantage in competition. ARCpoint Labs of Columbia, SC continually monitors to make sure its testing protocols are up-to-date for the latest trends in performance enhancing drugs (PEDs).
If you are an athlete, staying away from questionable substances and PEDs is the best way to make sure you are not disqualified from the competition you’ve worked so hard to prepare for. But if you have used PEDs in the recent past and want to make sure it has cycled out of your system, one way to be certain is to undergo a voluntary, independent and confidential test at ARCpoint Labs of Columbia, SC.
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