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Steroids Usage Among Young People




Nowadays steroidal supplementation doesn’t surprise anyone. Beginning with high school students and goings through all ages, all people are using these synthetic compounds to enhance body performance. Statistics show that 5, 6% of boys and 4,6% of girls, which is more than 1,5 millions of students are taking steroids. This number doesn’t cover the percentage of those who do not want to reveal this fact. In the same statistics offered by Denisonian University, in the top of drug usage trends among young people steroids hold the 5th position. More popular than steroids are protein supplementation drugs (9,4 millions of students), alcohol , other muscle-enhancing drugs ((2,9 millions of students) and marijuana.

There always have been a lot of stereotypes related to steroids use. Most of them are wrong, but continue to be spread by mass-media. The reason that steroids are largely used among a higher number of persons is strongly related to their effectiveness in increasing muscle size, strength and stamina. Namely for this reason they begin to be so popular among young people. The same research come up with an impressive  fact: medium starting age of taking steroids is about 15 years old. For dietary supplements this threshold is even lower -11 years.

All these information is meant to give alarm signs for american society. Most of people will say that the government should take more control over the steroids use. But this alone will never work. Why? The answer is given by the same statistic which say that 85% of kids reported that they have never discussed about dangerous of appearance and enhancing performing drugs with parents, a teacher or a coach.

Steroids, like any other drug, if taken improperly can lead to serious health issues. A person younger than 18-20 years old is not recommended to take steroids, because they might affect his or her body development. When it come to teenagers, than there is no allowance for using steroids. The reality is that these drugs are earning more notoriety among this category of age.  Consequently, we all have the same question: how to minimize this new trend?

How to prevent steroids use among young people

Nobody said that there are no solution for this. There always have been ways to prevent steroids use among teenagers. But it require effort and educations. And first of all, of the parents. We all know that the use of steroids in USA is prohibited. They can be purchased only with prescriptions in a very limited range. So, now is the turn of parents to get informed about what steroids are and, most important, have a talk with their kids about it. The same thing have to be done in schools or at the gym classes, by a teacher or trainer.

Steroids provide with amazing results, and are safe if used by adult people in correct way. A teenager or young  people is more probably to be blinded by the benefits of steroids use and pay less to proper way of usage. The aim to get a shape that everybody will admire is very strong, and young people just overlook the dangers they posed to. A parent should always offer guidance to their kids about the risks steroids carry on. In fact, many of them even do not realize that their kid have a problem unless there are visible side effects.

The data offered by Denisonian University revealed a very important problem that must open the eyes of the parents and not only regarding the abuse of steroids among young people. Since just 15 % of young people have had a discussion with one of the parents, a teacher or trainer about steroid supplementation, this means that there is a big lack of communication. Filling this gap with truthful and useful information about anabolic steroids is the main step toward reducing this trend among young people.

I think that steroids usage among young people is a deep problem of our society. Nowadays a small percentage of adult people are happy with the way they look. Magazines invades us with beautiful stars and tell us what a nice body looks like. We are less ourselves, and struggle more to get a closer look to one or another star. In this battle we are ready to use all resources, just to be a winner. The worse thing is that many people just begin do not feel the edge of reality.

If adults still can compare this time with long past ones, than young people are catched in this trend. For them, a nice body is ticket for success. And they are not ready to work hard to get it, when there are devious pathways. That’s why is tremendous important to increase their awareness about the risks carried by early steroid consumption.

Instead of conclusion

The popularity of anabolic steroids will continue to raise. Unless until wil be created other more effective, and less dangerous compounds. Steroids are too effective for building muscle mass and size to be ceased very easy. People will always search for ways to get them, and they will always succeed. Since the market always comes with new formulas and ideas to fulfill this sector.

The better would be to inform people about the risks they take when  misusing steroids. Make them understand, that steroids, like any other drug, have to be administered carefully and followed some special rules.  Only then,  people will be much safer when taking steroids and will use them with biggest awareness.


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