Anabolic steroids and adolescents’ culture of invulnerability
Dr Muiris Houston: Risks associated with sex, dosage and duration of administration
Anabolic steroids are now primarily known for their performance-enhancing use in sport.
The death of 18-year-old Luke O’Brien May is an unfortunate reminder of the risks of taking performance-enhancing drugs in the form of anabolic steroids.
Anabolic androgenic steroids have two main modes of action in the body: androgenic effects which can be generally considered as similar to testosterone (masculinisation) and anabolic effects – those associated with protein building in skeletal muscle and bone.