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Anabolic steroids, Synthetic steroids, and HGH: Use & Abuse

1. Define the terms anabolic steroid, synthetic steroid and human growth hormone. Explain how they are similar and how they are different.

2. Discuss the potential risks and dangers associated with using steroids and human growth hormone.

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1. Define the terms anabolic steroid, synthetic steroid and human growth hormone. Explain how they are similar and how they are different. 


Anabolic steroids are synthetic derivatives of testosterone (male sex hormone). These are used with the thought of stimulating protein syntheses, causing an improvement in muscle size, strength, and body mass. Since testosterone is responsible for development and maturation of male secondary sex characteristics (body hair increase, masculine voice, libido, sperm production, aggressiveness, and male pattern baldness) anabolic steroids also have these androgenic effects.

Synthetic steroids are synthetic derivatives of hormones, which control metabolism, inflammation, body hydration balance, immune functions, and development of sexual characteristics. They are often anti-inflammatory and can be used to help arthritis, inflammation, and allergic shock.

Human growth hormone (HGH) is a protein secreted from the anterior pituitary glad. It stimulates bone and skeletal muscle growth (anabolic) and helps maintain blood glucose levels, increases the uptake of glucose and ...

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This detailed solution defines the terms anabolic steroid, synthetic steroid and human growth hormone. It explains how they are similar and how they are different. It also discusses the potential risks and dangers associated with using steroids and human growth hormone. Sources are included.

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