If our bodies naturally produce the steroids required to live and perform work, then why do we take additional steroids? For instance, people take anabolic steroids because of their testosterone-like effects. They believe that such steroids will either improve the way they look or enhance their level of athletic performance.
While certain steroids stimulate the muscles to “bulk up,” what interests me is the fact that people assume their levels of skill, performance, and agility will improve. However, according to several studies, this isn’t the case. In addition, the dangers are countless, ranging from premature hair-loss to death by cardiac arrest. Is building more muscle faster and more efficiently really worth that risk?
I also assume that people combine such steroids with other drugs, and then increase dosages in order to recover faster. This is where people become addicted. And who knows if some medicine prescribed to me by my doctor combined with one of these steroids causes life-threatening effects. It is a huge risk to take a substance whose performance benefits are unproven!
It makes sense that people’s medals are taken away, not because of an unfair advantage (they may even be at a disadvantage), but because of the potential harm they are causing themselves.