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Steroids are a class of biologically active compounds that are structurally derived from cholesterol. They play crucial roles in a variety of physiological processes including growth and development, metabolism, immune response, and regulation of inflammation.
We have Two Types of Steroids
There are two primary categories of steroids. Firstly, corticosteroids are produced in the adrenal glands and have a range of functions in the body, including controlling inflammatory responses and regulating the body's use of nutrients. These steroids are commonly prescribed in medicine to reduce inflammation and suppress immune response in conditions such as asthma, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Secondly, anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS), often simply referred to as anabolic steroids, mimic the effects of testosterone, a hormone primarily responsible for the development of male sexual characteristics. In medical settings, they may be used for hormonal issues in men, delayed puberty, and muscle loss from some diseases. However, they're often used illicitly by athletes and bodybuilders to enhance performance or improve physical appearance.
While steroids can be beneficial when used under medical supervision, misuse can lead to serious health issues including heart disease, liver damage, mood disorders, and physical changes. As a result, non-medical use of anabolic steroids is generally considered illegal in many jurisdictions.