In a new study, researchers found that many men use steroid products to improve strength and physical performance.
The study showed these men continue to abuse steroids even though they know that steroids can have serious side effects.
The researchers suggest that this can raise serious concerns not only for their own health but that of future generations.
The research was conducted by a team from Pavlov First Saint Petersburg State Medical University.
Anabolic steroids such as testosterone are performance-enhancing hormones. They can increase muscle mass and boost athletic ability.
This has made some men misuse and abuse the hormones.
Previous research has shown that steroid abuse can bring harmful side effects such as reduced sperm count, erectile dysfunction, baldness, breast development and an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and liver or kidney failure.
A recent study has shown that in the world, about 6.4% of the men are abusing steroids.
In the current study, the team examined men’s use and attitude towards the health risks of anabolic steroids.
These men regularly went to the gym and exercise to keep their body strong and fit.
The team found that among 550 respondents, 30% said they used steroids.
About 74% of users were aged 22-35 years old and 70% of users said they were aware of the side effects.
About 55% of all respondents said that they would like to receive more expert information on steroids and their side effects.
The finding suggests that many men know the damaging side effects of steroid abuse, but they chose to keep using the products.
The team suggests that greater public awareness of steroid abuse and its health risks may help discourage users.
The team now plans to examine how to treat hormonal imbalances and disorders caused by steroid abuse.
The lead author of the study is Dr. Mykola Lykhonosov.
The study was presented in the European Society of Endocrinology annual meeting, ECE 2019.
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