The Dangers of Sports Enhancement Drugs

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Do you remember the first time your favorite athlete broke a history-making record? It was mind blowing until they were investigated for using performance enhancing drugs. As much as any athlete would want to be invincible, they would have to accept the fact that they have limitations, especially where their body is concerned. However, doping is illegal in the sporting world, and many athletes have been stripped of their titles because of it. Take the time to learn about the health associated with performance-enhancing drugs.

Performance enhancing drugs are designed to improve physical abilities. The most common PED is steroids, the short term boost that give athletes the ability to push themselves further.

Like most drugs, steroids and other forms of PEDs also have side effects. When used for a long period or in excessive amounts, PED can result in increased cholesterol levels, liver damage, mood swings, hypertension, aggressive behavior, irregular heartbeat and other heart problems. Stimulants increase overall mental alertness and competitive response but it can also lead to addiction, brain hemorrhage, and heart attack. Apart from health problems that may be fatal, PED can also result in reduced athletic ability. What it gives in short term, it will take away in the long term.

Although the use of PEDs have become increasingly common you may learn that the benefits aren’t actually worth the risk.

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