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Anabolic Steroids and Young Adults

Anabolic steroids are drugs that are chemically related to the major male hormone testosterone. They are best known for their effects on building muscle. Anabolic steroids are sometimes prescribed to help AIDS patients gain weight and to treat certain types of severe anemia. But some people use these drugs illegally to improve athletic performance or to get a more muscular appearance.

Inappropriate use of anabolic steroids can have unhealthy side effects, like changes in behavior, increased risk for heart and liver disease, and unwanted—sometimes permanent—changes in physical characteristics.

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The Hormone Foundation

Dr. Lysette Iglesias M.D.

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