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F urther revelations in the Russian doping scandal have rocked the upcoming Olympic Games. From the East German Olympic team to pro American baseball players to the Tour de France , anabolic steroids have shown up all over professional sports. Everyone from sports writers to ethics professors writing in journals have proposed lifting the ban on steroid abuse in the face of constant rule breaking. If there is no way to level the playing field and stop performance enhancing drug abuse, they reason, why not allow it and regulate it for safety?
But anabolic steroid use can have lasting implications for the many athletes — both on and off the international stage — who take them. Doping in amateur sport has gained popularity in recent years, with anabolic steroids showing up in non-professional cycling and triathlon competitions. While the muscle boosting effects of doping are well known, it is the mental effects, and what happens when someone finally stops using, that are often ignored.
Anabolic steroids make exercise feel very good, which is where part of their addictive potential lies, explains Hildebrandt. Using the drugs discovered in the Russian doping scandal once or twice would not have any lasting effects, but long term use is another story. Anabolic steroids break down white matter in the brain, says Hildebrandt.
The mental effects of anabolic steroids can differ from person to person. In general, when using, it makes people more aggressive with a lower tolerance for frustration. How that manifests depends on what the person was like before they started using, says Hildebrandt. If someone was not an aggressive person, they are not going to start bar fights all of a sudden, but they will be more irritable and quicker to react, he explains.
While they are using, the flood of androgens to the body from anabolic steroids also comes with a host of physical symptoms like testicular shrinkage and breast development in men, and deepened voice, reduced breast size, balding and facial hair growth in women, along with a number of reproductive problems.
Studies of heart function after longer term anabolic steroid use found damage, weakening and an increased risk of heart failure. Oral anabolic steroids, like those used by the Russian Olympic team, are also associated with liver toxicity, says Ip. The negative effects of anabolic steroids are well established, but research into the exact effects of each of the various anabolic steroids that are abused has been difficult, as most users take a cocktail, like the Russian athletes, and the makeup of the cocktails differ from user to user.
Helping anabolic steroid users get clean is another challenge. When athletes stop using, their bodies stop producing androgens and they enter a low testosterone state which may accelerate brain aging. Any type of drug abuse comes with its own societal stigma, making it more difficult for addicts to get help. With the type of steroid abuse uncovered in Russia, there is a double stigma, says Hildebrandt.
Since Russia continues to deny proof of widespread doping , those who partook may never seek help for fear of being branded both drug addicts and cheaters. Topics Life and style An apple a day. Russia Drugs in sport Europe features.
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