Monday, July 19, 2010
Steroid medications are synthetic lipids that are designed to mirror those secreted by the adrenal cortex, gonads, and placenta and derived from cholesterol. Most commonly, they are synthetic testosterone derivatives that aid in bone and muscle growth. Their androgenic effects include increased facial and body hair, voice deepening, and acne, while the anabolic effects of steroid medications consist of virility, vitality, increased levels of strength, increased muscle size, and enhanced muscle recovery. But while steroids include a wide range of subgroups, the term is most popularly used to refer to just one subgroup, anabolic steroids. As such, when people talk about controversies surrounding the use of steroids in the fields of athletics and bodybuilding, they are just referring to anabolic steroids and not all kinds of steroids.