sometimes referred to as “juice” or “roids”—are actually synthetic forms of the male hormone,testosterone. It may be used legitimatelyto induce pubertyor to help those suffering fromwasting diseases like AIDS or cancers. Technically, this group of substances is calledanabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS).
Aside from the people that are prescribed these substances for medical reasons, anabolics are abused by people looking tochange their physical health, performance, and/or appearance. Common users of anabolic steroids include:
- Body builders looking to gain muscle.
- Athletes hoping to improve their skills.
- People trying to expedite recovery from an injury.