Hello, I am looking for someone to write an article on Muscle Mutants and Sports Nutrition Supplements. It needs to be at least 1250 words. The purpose of this paper is to accurately define anabolic steroids as well as to discuss not only the risks involved with steroid use but also the benefits which are often not discussed.
The term anabolic means to build up. It originates from the Greek word above which simply means ’to build up’. It is the opposite of the term metabolic which means to break down. Our bodies are able to utilize energy and create heat (heat is energy) through the process of metabolism. Conversely, anabolism is the process of building up. Anabolic steroids are so named because they do just that, they build up or rather allow the body to generate muscle mass more efficiently. On a cellular level, anabolic steroids promote protein synthesis which generates new cellular tissue resulting in greater muscle mass. This is the reason that professional athletes sometimes turn to steroid use.
Anabolic steroids are typically related to the male hormone testosterone. Testosterone promotes the development of male characteristics such as body hair, vocal cords (deeper voice), and other male-specific features. Naturally, women have a proportionally lower overall muscle mass than men. Testosterone is present in higher volumes in men, promotes more lean muscle mass which is also a male characteristic. Because of the tissue-building qualities of anabolic steroids, they are often used to treat diseases such as cancer and AIDS. Both cancer and AIDS can be referred to as diseases that cause wasting. This means that they work to break down or destroy the body’s healthy tissue over time. Anabolic steroids can be given to patients suffering from these diseases in order to work against the effects of wasting. Anabolic steroids are also excellent for stimulating the growth of healthy bone tissue, not just muscle tissue. In some cases, patients who are chronically or terminally ill may be given steroids to increase appetite.
As with any medication, anabolic steroids also have side effects. Additionally, as with any medication, the benefits of the medication must outweigh the risks of taking it, in order for its administration to be justified. Certainly in the case of patients with cancer or AIDS, steroids are easily justified as their benefits can be life-extending.