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What is a steroid?
A steroid is a terpenoid lipid characterized by a carbon skeleton with four fused rings. All steroids are made in
cells either from the sterol lanosterol or the sterol cycloartenol. Both sterols are derived from the cyclization
of the triterpene squalene.
What are Anabolic steroids?
Anabolic steroids are a class of steroid hormones related to the hormone testosterone. They increase protein
synthesis within cells, which results in the buildup of cellular tissue (anabolism), especially in muscles.
Anabolic steroids also have androgenic and virilizing properties, including the development and maintenance
of masculine characteristics.
What is sex steroid?
Sex steroids, are steroid hormones that interact with vertebrate androgen or estrogen receptors. Natural sex
steroids are made by the gonads, by adrenal glands, or by conversion from other sex steroids in other
tissues such as liver or fat.
What are steroidal supplements?
In the United States , supplements such as tetrahydrogestrinone (THG) and androstenedione (street name
"Andro") previously could be purchased legally without a prescription through many commercial sources,
including health food stores. Steroidal supplements can be converted into testosterone or a similar
compound in the body. Less is known about the side effects of steroidal supplements, but if large quantities
of these compounds substantially increase testosterone levels in the body, then they also are likely to
produce the same side effects as anabolic steroids themselves. The purchase of these supplements, with the
notable exception of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), became illegal after the passage in 2004 of
amendments to the Controlled Substances Act
Why is the use of anabolic steroids banned by all major sporting bodies?
Anabolic steroids are used in medicine to stimulate bone growth and appetite, induce male puberty. They
also produce increases in muscle mass and physical strength. So it is banned by all major sporting bodies
like WTA, ITF, International Olympic Committee, FIFA, UEFA, the National Hockey League, Major League
Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the European Athletic Association and the National Football
What is pharmacalogy of anabolic steroids?
These steroids promote anabolism. They are androgenic or virilizing. The biochemical functions of androgens
such as testosterone are numerous. Processes affected include pubertal growth, sebaceous gland oil
production, and sexuality.
What are the adverse effects of anabolic steroids?
Most of its side effects are dose dependent. The most common are blood pressure with pre-existing
hypertension, harmful changes in cholesterol levels. It increases the risk of cardiovascular disease or
coronary artery disease, enlargement and thickening of the left ventricle, cardiac arrhythmias, congestive
heart failure, heart attacks, and sudden cardiac death.
Why is the test for steroids required?
First, using steroids without a prescription can cause serious, adverse health effects. Second, using steroids
and other performance-enhancing drugs can give athletes an unfair advantage over their competition, and is
cheating. Third, testing for steroids can help deter their use among high school students. Finally, steroids are
drugs that should be used to treat medical conditions.
What are the methods used to detect steroids?
Various methods are being used by the sports authorities for detecting steroids like HPLC, GC,
Immunoassay, Radio Immunoassay. Antibody-antigen based immunoassays are used as preliminary checks
which give reasonably accurate results. Chromatographic methods may be employed for detailed analysis.
What are Synthetic sex steroids?
There are also synthetic sex steroids. Synthetic androgens are often referred to as anabolic steroids.
Synthetic estrogens and progestins are used in methods of hormonal contraception. Ethinylestradiol is a
What is Hormonal therapy?
Hormonal therapy involves the manipulation of the endocrine system through exogenous administration of
specific hormones, particularly steroid hormones, or drugs which inhibit the production or activity of such
homones (hormone antagonists). Because steroid hormones are powerful drivers of gene expression in
certain cancer cells and cause cell death.
How is Hormonal therapy useful?
Hormonal therapy is used for several types of cancers derived from hormonally responsive tissues, including
the breast, prostate, endometrium, and adrenal cortex. Hormonal therapy may also be used in the
treatment of paraneoplastic syndromes or to ameliorate certain cancer- and chemotherapy-associated
symptoms, such as anorexia.
What are the medical uses of anabolic steroids ?
Anabolic steroids have been used by physicians for many purposes like Bone marrow stimulation, Growth
stimulation, Stimulation of appetite and preservation and increase of muscle mass, Induction of male
puberty, hormone replacement therapy.
What are the functions of sex steroids?
Sex steroids play important roles in inducing the body changes known as primary sex characteristics and
secondary sex characteristics. The development of both primary and secondary sexual characteristics is
controlled by sex hormones after the initial fetal stage where the presence or absence of the Y-chromosome
and/or the SRY gene determine development
What are the types of sex steroids?
The two main classes of sex steroids are androgens and estrogen. Progestagen is a third class of sex
steroids. These classes have been further divided in human derivatives like testosterone, androstenedione,
anabolic steroids, estradiol, estrone, progestins and progesterone.
What is the non-medical use of anabolic steroids?
The non-medical use of anabolic steroids is controversial because of their adverse effects and their use to
gain potential advantage in competitive sports. Anabolic steroid users often are stereotyped as uneducated
muscle heads by popular media and culture. Anabolic steroids for non medical purposes had a higher
employment rate and a higher household income than the general population.
What is a steroid cycle?
A steroid cycle is a term commonly used to describe a period in time where an individual intakes anabolic
steroids. The longer the body's endogenous supply of testosterone is suppressed, the harder it will be for
their hypothalamus/pituitary/testicular axis (HPTA) to recover. More serious health risks are associated with
How to minimize side effects of anabolic steroids?
Various methods of minimizing the adverse effects of anabolic steroids have been implemented. Users may
increase their cardiovascular exercise level to help to counter the effects of changes in the left ventricle,
Some androgens are converted by the body into estrogen, a process, known as aromatisation, which has
potential adverse effects. Consequently, during a steroid cycle, users may also take drugs to prevent
What is a hormone?
A hormone is a chemical messenger that carries a signal from one cell (or group of cells) to another via the
blood. All multicellular organisms produce hormones. There are different types of hormones which govern
different developmental and functional states.
What is Endocrine hormone?
Endocrine hormone molecules are secreted (released) directly into the bloodstream, while exocrine hormones
are secreted directly into a duct, and from the duct they either flow into the bloodstream or they flow from cell
to cell by diffusion in a process known as paracrine signalling.
What is the Hierarchical nature of hormonal control?
The secretion of hormones from successive levels of endocrine cells is stimulated by chemical signals
originating from cells higher up the hierarchical system. The master coordinator of hormonal activity in
mammals is the hypothalamus, which acts on input that it receives from the central nervous system. Other
hormone secretion occurs in response to local conditions, such as the rate of secretion of parathyroid
hormone by the parathyroid cells in response to fluctuations of ionized calcium levels in extracellular fluid.
What is the Pharmacology of hormones?
A pharmacologic dose of a hormone is a medical usage referring to an amount of a hormone far greater
than naturally occurs in a healthy body. The effects of pharmacologic doses of hormones may be different
from responses to naturally-occurring amounts and may be therapeutically useful. Local preparations for use
in otolaryngology often contain pharmacologic equivalents of adrenaline.
What is the Physiology of hormones?
The rate of hormone biosynthesis and secretion is often regulated by a homeostatic negative feedback
control mechanism. Such a mechanism depends on factors which influence the metabolism and excretion of
hormones. One special group of hormones is the tropic hormones that stimulate the hormone production of
other endocrine glands. Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) causes growth and increased activity of another
endocrine gland, the thyroid, which increases output of thyroid hormones.
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