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What are the dangers of steroids (injection/shots) and how can I convince someone to stop using it?

I'm having a hard time at the moment, I try to convince my best friend. Please help.

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How is this even considered remotely on-topic when anyone who asks for a simple nutrition plan to follow while they are exercising is closed immediately as off-topic? Blatant double-standards on this exchange, wow... –  user4963 Feb 5 '13 at 18:05
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@MarcoLeblanc Even if this is on-topic, it would not be a double-standard. Nutrition unrelated to fitness is different than drug use. The FAQ is explicit with respect to nutrition questions, but does not give guidance about drug use questions. There's a meta question here discussion about that: meta.fitness.stackexchange.com/questions/423/… –  Kate Feb 5 '13 at 19:33
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@MarcoLeblanc Answering questions about a drug is not condoning its use. For example, Wikipedia provides a lot of information about steroids and is not considered to be condoning their use. What do you mean by "we promote questions about steroid use"? This question has no upvotes. But again, even if we did "promote questions about steroid use", that is not condoning steroid use. Also, it is not even a day since this question was asked, so it is too soon to make conclusions about what the community thinks about this question. Please contribute to the meta discussion. –  Kate Feb 5 '13 at 19:45
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@MarcoLeblanc, Nutrition is on topic if it is related to exercise. –  Kate Feb 5 '13 at 19:54
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@MarcoLeblanc if you want to discuss this issue further, please take it to Physical Fitness Meta or Physical Fitness Chat. The comments are the wrong place. –  Baarn Feb 5 '13 at 21:47

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There are some myths about Steroids like Taking Any Kind of Steroid Will Result In Death or Steroids are Easy to Get, but they are not true.

The Good Side of Steroids?

Steroids do increase size and strength. In fact, they do so very significantly. In addition to gains in strength and muscle mass they also seem to provide you with more energy and aggressiveness, things that are conducive to good workouts (but not so in interpersonal relationships). Depending on the steroid used, you may also get cell voluminizing effects that promote a bigger pump. Aside from even just the legal risks of steroids, the "good side" comes at a high price.

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Steroid Users Risk:

  1. Increased Liver Function.
  2. Depression of Natural Testosterone Production.
  3. Increase in Cholesterol Levels and Blood Pressure (Not conductive to good cardiovascular health).
  4. Altered Thyroid Function.
  5. Headeches.
  6. Nose bleeds.
  7. Cramps.
  8. Development of breastlike tissue in men (Gynecomastia).
  9. Insulin Insensitivity (Even though Deca Durabolin improves the insulin metabolism).
  10. Androgenic Side effects such as thinning hair, enlarged prostate, oily skin, water retention, increased body hair, aggressiveness.
  11. Stunted growth if you are a teenager.
  12. Oral Steroid specific side effects: In addition to the above, the orals also tend to cause nausea, diarrhea, constipation, and vomiting.
  13. May accelerate the growth of tumors.

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