Steroids just like other substances of abuse have amassed a lot of controversies. As much as they have been linked by the media with dangerous and fatal side effects, as well as mortality rates of a very high rate, they have been widely used in conventional medicine with quite an accepted side effect profile, but providing that patients are monitored occasionally for possible clear complications.
This controversy has been seen over the years where for example the football player Lyle Alzado was diagnosed with cancer which he had attributed as being a result of steroid abuse. As much as steroids have been the cause of cancer, mostly liver cancer, no evidence was published in the supports that steroids killed Alzado. Even his doctors did state that steroids did not contribute to his untimely death.
Another purported and controversial side effect is the idea that steroids have led to the demise of many youths through committing suicide. As much as low testosterone levels are known to bring about depression, and basically that ending one cycle of steroids lowers the levels of testosterone, the hypothesis to the effect that steroids have been the chiefly responsible for suicidal attempts among teenagers has remained unproven.
This is even after the fact that many teenagers who are bodybuilders have been using steroids look at these guys. Since the early 1960s, there have been very few studies that have examined a possible link existing between steroids and suicidal attempts in any medical writing. Arnold Schwarzenegger has been in the center of the steroid usage controversy. As much as he admitted to the use of steroids during his long bodybuilding career, before them being illegal, he happened to undergo heart surgery.
Many assumed this was as a result of steroids. Well, steroids can cause an abnormal enlargement as well as thickening of the heart’s left ventricle. Arnold was born with a congenital genetic defect where his heart had a condition that left his aortic valve having two cusps rather than the normal three. This is a condition that causes problems later as one gets older.