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By Patrick Lenehan

A really topical evaluation of ways anabolic steroids are enjoying an more and more prominant half in non-competitive activity. Brings jointly the most important concerns in a lucid layout that would attract a huge variety of scholars and execs.

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They found that men taking a high dose of AS were likely to experience effects that included increased irritability, increased violent tendencies, increased mood swings and an increase in anger. This study was controlled and double blind, the subjects were also screened for previous substance misuse and psychological problems before taking part in the study. , 1997). It has also been suggested that some users of AS have a predisposition towards personality disorders. Cooper et al. (1996) conducted a study that showed that one in three of the AS-using individuals in their research satisfied the diagnostic criteria for at least one of the personality disorders before they started to use AS.

Over 500 mg per week, may be responsible for alterations in driving behaviour. Further research is required to determine the prevalence of AS-related incidents of driving aggression. A report by Lubell (1989) documented two murder cases that were associated with AS use, namely the trials of Horace Williams and Glenn Wollstrum. In both cases the men that committed the murders were stated to have been psychologically normal before they started to use AS. At each of the trials the defendants pleaded not guilty because AS use had caused insanity; however, these pleas were rejected by the respective juries and a guilty verdict was passed on both occasions.

1988). This does not necessarily mean that this rise in blood pressure is significant clinically, as such small changes in blood pressure will have a minimal effect over a short period of time. , 1989). The use of some of these steroids has been withdrawn in the treatment of humans due to adverse effects but AS users still manage to obtain illicit supplies. The liver is the main organ that metabolizes steroids and clears the products into the bile (Friedl, 1993). , 1976). ALT and AST are also produced by muscle, heart and bone and so the interpretation of liver function assays can be difficult to analyse, as elevations in these liver enzymes can result after exercise or after tissue damage such as might be caused by injecting steroids.

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