There are many types of steroids. They occur naturally in plants and animals but there are also artifically created synthetic versions. One particular group is anabolic steroids. Related to testosterone, they date back to the 1930s. Building up tissue is their primary purpose.
As previously mentioned, some athletes will use these drugs to increase their muscle mass or to help them recover more quickly from strenuous workouts. However, athletes are not the only people who want to build muscle.
Anabolic steroids have legitimate medical applications. They can be used, therapeutically, to treat individuals who are battling cancer or suffering from other diseases that cause muscle tissue to waste away. Some well known wasting diseases are Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Aids, and ALS, also know as Lou Gherig's Disease. No one would consider this cheating, and it certainly is not
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