Steroids and Performance Enhancing Drugs
- Anabolic steroids are a prime target for abuse among students and young people seeking to enhance athletic appearance and performance. This is because they replicate human sex hormones, usually testosterone, which, among other effects, aids in the synthesis of protein to build lean muscle.
- While far fewer females abuse steroids than males, the issue is still prevalent and can lead to side effects including body shape changes, male pattern baldness, deepened voices, reduced breast size and menstrual cycle disruptions.
- The 10 to 100 times the dosage a doctor would prescribe for illness that steroid abusers take may produce symptoms such as acne on the back, irritability and mood swings, increased aggression, mania, insomnia and poor judgment.
- Non-steroidal performance enhancing drugs need to be monitored, as efforts to develop them are increasing. As long as athletic competitions exist, there will be people who try to game the system for an unfair advantage.
Testing for Steroids and Other PEDs
Uber-competitive athletes will always seek to use the information scientists are constantly striving to find new ways to enhance human health to give themselves even the tiniest advantage in competition. It is an ever-moving target and ARCpoint Labs of Austin, TX North continually monitors to make sure its testing protocols are up to date for the latest trends in performance enhancing drugs (PEDs).
To ensure you are not disqualified from the competition you’ve worked so hard to prepare for, the best course of action is to stay away from all questionable substances and PEDs. But if you have used them in the recent past and want to make sure it has cycled out of your system, there are several types of tests available. Voluntary, independent and confidential tests are available at ARCpoint Labs of Austin, TX North. Unlike our tests, home tests are not designed to be as comprehensive or reliable. Count on ARCpoint to help you know the truth about what you’re dealing with.
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