Steroids and Performance Enhancing Drugs
- Anabolic steroids replicate human sex hormones, usually testosterone, which, among other effects, aids in the synthesis of protein to build lean muscle. This makes them a prime target for abuse among students and young people seeking to enhance athletic appearance and performance.
- Although the incidence of steroid abuse is lower among female athletes, it is still of concern and far too common. Common side effects include body shape changes, male pattern baldness, deepened voices, reduced breast size and menstrual cycle disruptions.
- Steroid abusers may take 10 to 100 times the dosage a doctor would prescribe for illness. These excessive dosages may produce symptoms such as acne on the back, irritability and mood swings, increased aggression, mania, insomnia and poor judgment.
- An increasing number of non-steroidal performance enhancing drugs and substances are always being developed and need to be monitored. As long as athletic competitions exist, there will be people who try to game the system for an unfair advantage.
Testing for Steroids and Other PEDs
Scientists are constantly striving to find new and more effective ways to enhance human health, and a small percentage of misguided and uber-competitive athletes will always seek to use the information and related substances to give themselves even the tiniest advantage in competition. It is an ever-moving target. ARCpoint Labs of Kansas City North continually monitors to make sure its testing protocols are up to date for the latest trends in performance enhancing drugs (PEDs).
If you are an athlete, the best way to make sure you are not disqualified from the competition you’ve worked so hard to prepare for, is to stay away from all questionable substances and PEDs. But if you have used PEDs in the recent past and want to make sure it has cycled out of your system, one way to be certain is to undergo a voluntary, independent and confidential test at ARCpoint Labs of Kansas City North. Home tests are not designed to be as comprehensive or reliable. Count on ARCpoint to help you know the truth about what you’re dealing with.
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