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Why do People Who Are Not Bodybuilders Take Steroids

Despite their reputation, steroids do have very legitimate uses. They are effective for helping bodybuilders pack on mass but they can do much more than that. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the reasons (aside from body building) that people might take steroids.

Low T Levels

This is probably one of the most common or well-known medical uses of steroids. This is a condition that most commonly affects older men. Testosterone levels naturally start to decrease after the age of 30 and some men (especially those in their 60s and 70s) may see too low of a drop.

steroids to treat low testosterone levels in men

Symptoms of low T include:

  • Decreased sex drive
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Decreased semen volume (not necessarily sperm count, but the quantity of fluid that comes out).
  • Hair loss
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Fatigue
  • Increase in body fat
  • Decrease in bone mass
  • Mood changes such as depression, difficulty concentrating, and irritability.

Low T can also affect women although it is much less common. In women, symptoms include:

mood change and road rage in women as a side effect of steroid use

  • Decreased sex drive
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Increase in body fat
  • Mood changes (similar to the changes men experience).

In fact, testosterone treatments have recently been studied as a treatment for women with low sex drive. Whether or not the cause of the low sex drive is low t, treatment with this steroid has shown some success in helping women to recover their normal or desired sex drive.

If you suspect you may have low testosterone, you can get your levels tested by a doctor. If your levels are low, your doctor will likely prescribe a course of testosterone steroids to help bring your levels up to normal.

Arthritis

Steroids cannot cure arthritis but they can be used to help manage the symptoms. This is because steroids can help reduce the inflammation in the joints that causes the patient so much pain.

steroids for arthritis

Inflammation occurs because the body’s immune system starts to become overactive and attack its own tissue. Steroids slow the immune system which is helpful in cases where it is overactive. This calming of the immune system leads to less inflammation of the joints.

Delayed Puberty

Delayed puberty is a condition in which the hormone changes necessary to trigger puberty do not occur when they should. For girls, puberty is considered delayed if no maturation of any kind occurs by the age of 13. In boys, it is considered delayed after the age of 14.

steroids for delayed puberty

It is usually not a sign of any serious health problem, especially if the child comes from a family with a history of late puberty. However, in some cases, it can be caused by chronic illness, excessive physical exercise, or malnutrition.

In some cases, a doctor will prescribe a course of steroids to help achieve the right level and balance of hormones to start triggering puberty.

Managing Symptoms of HIV/AIDS

As with arthritis, steroids cannot cure AIDs. However, they can help manage the symptoms and, in the case of HIV/AIDs, may extend the life of the patient. This is because HIV/AIDs is also a problem in the immune system in which it becomes overactive and starts to attack its own body.

steroids for managing HIV

When untreated, a patient with HIV/AIDs will start to waste away as muscle tissue and other parts of the body are attacked and broken down by his or her own immune system. Steroids will not only slow this process but help the patient rebuild lost muscle mass.

It can also help treat low testosterone which is a common secondary condition caused by HIV.

Asthma

Asthma is a lung disorder that makes it difficult to breathe. It usually shows up in the form of regular episodes of breathlessness or wheezing (known as asthma attacks). It happens because the tubes in the lungs are chronically inflamed.

steroids to treat asthma

There is no cure for asthma but there are many treatments that can help reduce the number of attacks and make attacks less severe. One of the most common treatments is steroids. This is because steroids are able to reduce inflammation in the tubes of the lungs (the problem that is causing the attacks in the first place).

In this case, steroids are usually given in the form of an inhalant. You have probably seen the small device that asthmatic people use to stop an attack. This device usually contains a mixture that includes steroids.

Eczema & Other Skin Conditions

Eczema and other skin conditions are yet another sign of an overactive immune system that is causing inflammation. This time that inflammation occurs on the skin and causes some unsightly scaling, reddening, or patchy skin that not only looks unappealing but feels very irritating.

steroids to treat skin disease

Steroids applied topically in the form of an ointment or lotion can help soothe the irritation, reduce the inflammation, and heal the damage caused so that your skin is restored to its normal, uninflamed state.

Final Word

As you can see, there are so many great uses for steroids to help treat or manage many conditions. Of course, the benefits steroids can have in these conditions must be balanced with the side effects they can cause.

So if you are taking steroids by your doctor’s orders, then you are strongly advised to follow the exact recommendations in terms of dosing and schedule that your doctor gives you. Your doctor has given these recommendations as a way of striking a balance between the helpful benefits and the less than desirable side effects of the steroids themselves.

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