What are anabolic steroids?

Anabolic steroids are natural or synthetic derivatives of the sex hormone testosterone. Anabolic steroids increase the tissue building process by up-regulating several chemical processes in the body and by especially increasing the body’s ability to retain nitrogen and build up protein tissues and nitrogen retention. In clinical settings, anabolic steroids are prescribed for men and boys with deficient levels of testosterone, certain wasting diseases, breast cancers, and people with HIV. Anabolic steroids are also prescribed to help people recovering from severe injuries such as burn patients, traumatic injuries, severe infections, anemia, and frailty to help them recover and build up their bodies. Currently, in the United States, it is illegal to obtain and use anabolic steroids without a prescription from a licensed medical professional. The long-term effects of anabolic steroid use are not known as no long-term studies of its usage have been conducted. 

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