Steroids are drugs that help the growth and repair of muscle tissue. They are synthetic hormones that imitate male sex hormones, specifically testosterone.
They can increase lean muscle mass, strength, and endurance, but only if used in conjunction with specific exercise and diet regimes1. They can also help people reduce fat and recover quicker from injury2.
Anabolic steroids are classed as performance and image enhancing drugs (PIEDs). These substances are taken by people with the intention of improving their physical appearance or enhancing their sporting performance.
Corticosteroids are a class of drug used to treat inflammatory arthritis and other inflammatory conditions such as asthma. They are commonly referred to as “steroids,” and people often believe them to be the same thing as anabolic steroids.
How are they used?
Anabolic steroids can be injected or taken as a tablet.