The Difference Between Testosterone & Steroid Abuse

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In summary, testosterone replacement therapy and anabolic steroids have different purposes and effects. Testosterone is prescribed by legitimate doctors for medical purposes, while anabolic steroids are often used by athletes for enhancing muscle growth. The two therapies are not interchangeable and cannot be switched in equivalent doses. The choice between them is determined by their intended use and availability.
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why does testosterone replacement therapy use different drug from steroids "abuse"?

what is the difference between testosterone and the anabolic steroids because of which the legit doctors prescribe testosterone and nonlegit "abuser" athletes inject steroids? Could doctors switch to steroids in equivalent doses with the same effect? Could athletes switch to testosterone if it were available from the dealer? Is there a fundamental difference between these hormone therapies or are they essentially the same and so the choice is driven by what is traditional or available to a given group?
 
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ok, there is a perfunctory discussion of it here http://www.steroid.com/steroids_testosterone.php . It sounds like anabolic steroids have a function related primarily to muscle growth and, in fact, are used/"abused" in synergy with testosterone. So presumably they are not used in testosterone replacement since muscle growth is not the goal.
 

Related to The Difference Between Testosterone & Steroid Abuse

What is testosterone?

Testosterone is a hormone that is primarily produced in the testicles and is responsible for the development of male sex characteristics, such as facial hair and a deeper voice. It also plays a role in sperm production and sex drive.

What is the difference between testosterone and steroids?

Testosterone is a natural hormone that is produced by the body, while steroids are synthetic substances that mimic the effects of testosterone. Testosterone is a necessary hormone for overall health, while steroids are often used for performance enhancement and can have harmful side effects.

How is testosterone used medically?

In a medical setting, testosterone is used to treat conditions such as hypogonadism (low testosterone levels), delayed puberty, and certain types of breast cancer. It is also used in hormone therapy for transgender individuals.

What are the risks of steroid abuse?

Steroid abuse can lead to a wide range of negative physical and mental effects. These can include liver damage, high blood pressure, heart problems, mood swings, and aggression. Long-term use can also cause fertility issues, hair loss, and an increased risk of certain types of cancer.

How can I tell if someone is abusing steroids?

Physical signs of steroid abuse may include rapid muscle growth, acne, and stretch marks. Behavioral signs may include mood swings, increased aggression, and secretive or dishonest behavior. If you suspect someone is abusing steroids, it is important to encourage them to seek help and support them in making healthier choices for their body and well-being.

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