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July 10, 2014
Doctors warn against anabolic steroid abuse
SHARJAH: Anabolic steroids have serious consequences with regard to male fertility and may cause infertility. Physicians at the University Hospital Sharjah (UHS) have been warned against the use of illegal anabolic steroids (AAS). According to UHS specialists, the abuse of anabolic steroids may increase possibility of developing prostate cancer as well as many other serious diseases. AAS make muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints highly prone to injury due to muscular stress. Clinical tests conducted on users of various anabolic steroids showed that they can cause numerous health problems such as liver diseases, interstitial nephritis, intestinal and respiratory disorders and hair loss. Abusing anabolic steroids in children and teenagers may disrupt hormone function, cause premature puberty, hypopituitarism, high cholesterol levels, and the possibility of heart and/or circulatory system diseases. Physicians revealed that AAS abuse is most common in the 15-25 year age group, who abuse anabolic steroids in the hope they will build their bodies, enhance their performance, and look more attractive. This abuse poses serious health risks, including myalgia and muscle abscess due to the self-injection. According to Dr Manhal Al Aaraj, Bone Surgery and Arthroscopy specialist at UHS: “Anabolic or androgenic steroids have side effects with regard to male fertility as they mimic the effects of male hormones, causing imbalances in these hormones. It has been reported that these drugs cause infertility and male dysfunction. Teenagers must seek medical advice to prevent these problems.” Dr Al Aaraj urges young men to adopt balanced fitness and natural bodybuilding programmes and to avoid violence and excessive stress, such as improper weightlifting, which affects the spine, and knee flexion exercises which may cause chronic meniscus or ligament injuries. Al Aaraj also warns about muscular problems when teenagers stop taking AAS. He advised young men to adopt medical tips to build their bodies and enhance their performance in healthy ways through attending awareness workshops. He urged concerned parties to monitor and control unlicensed AAS to protect the young generation from the negative effects of these drugs. http://gulftoday.ae/portal/b7dea415-ed3c-42d0-ad0a-6054ba0d13ae.aspx