In his State of the Union address, [former] President George W. Bush called on America's professional team owners, union representatives, coaches, and players to end the use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs.
Steroid Drug Testing
The use of performance-enhancing drugs by elite athletes sets a dangerous example for millions of young Americans, encouraging young people to take dangerous risks with their health and safety.
Sports play an important role in the physical and mental development of young people, and provide young people with valuable lessons about teamwork, goal-setting, discipline, and the value of hard work. The use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs directly undermines these benefits.
The major side effects from abusing anabolic steroids can include liver tumors and cancer, jaundice (yellowish pigmentation of skin, tissues, and body fluids), fluid retention, high blood pressure, increases in LDL (bad cholesterol), and decreases in HDL (good cholesterol).
Other side effects include kidney tumors, severe acne, and trembling.
In addition to these side effects, adolescents risk growth halted prematurely through premature skeletal maturation and accelerated puberty changes. This means that adolescents risk remaining short for the remainder of their lives if they take anabolic steroids before the typical adolescent growth spurt. In addition, there are other side effects and risks:
For males-shrinking of the testicles, reduced sperm count, infertility, baldness, development of breasts, increased risk for prostate cancer.
For females-growth of facial hair, male-pattern baldness, changes in or cessation of the menstrual cycle, enlargement of the clitoris, deepened voice. Steroid abuse can also trigger aggression, extreme mood swings, and other psychiatric side effects, including depression.
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