25+ of the Most Horrifying Diseases Caused by Steroids

You probably know performance-enhancing drugs are bad. But they’re even worse for you than you think. If drugs are killer to youth; steroids are not very far away from that. Addiction and dependency on steroids impede the job or study of the youths and they can accede to any crime to get money for steroid injections.

Anabolic steroids were originally developed in the 1930s to treat hypogonadism, a medical condition in which the testes do not produce enough testosterone. Currently, they are prescribed to treat steroid hormone deficiency, such as delayed puberty and some types of impotence. But just because steroids are popular doesn’t make them safe. Here are more than 25 side effects of steroids everyone must know.


Hirsutism is a condition of unwanted, male-pattern hair growth in women. However, hirsutism is a medical condition that can arise from excess male hormones called androgens, primarily testosterone. It can also be due to a family trait.


Acne is a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. It often causes whiteheads, blackheads or pimples, and usually appears on the face, forehead, chest, upper back and shoulders. Acne is most common among teenagers, though it affects people of all ages.

Livedoid dermatitis

Livedoid dermatitis is a rare iatrogenic cutaneous reaction that occurs immediately after drug or steroid injection. It presents as an immediate, extreme pain around the injection site, with overlying skin rapidly becoming erythematous, violaceous, or blanched and sometimes with a reticular pattern.


Poor sperm motility or asthenozoospermia is diagnosed when less than 32 percent of the sperm are able to move efficiently. Low sperm motility means that sperm finds it difficult to move toward the egg, and this can lead to fertility problems.


Priapism is a prolonged erection of the penis. The persistent erection continues hours beyond or isn't caused by sexual stimulation. Priapism is usually painful. Although priapism is an uncommon condition overall, it occurs commonly in certain groups, such as people who have sickle cell anemia.


Gynecomastia is an enlargement or swelling of breast tissue in males. It is most commonly caused by male estrogen levels that are too high or are out of balance with testosterone levels.

Elevated blood pressure

Elevated blood pressure is when readings consistently range from 120-129 systolic and less than 80 mm Hg diastolic. People with elevated blood pressure are likely to develop high blood pressure unless steps are taken to control the condition.

Decreased HDL cholesterol levels

While having low triglycerides and LDL cholesterol can have a positive effect on your heart health, having low levels of HDL cholesterol may count against you. That's because HDL is considered “good cholesterol." Likewise, research suggests that high HDL levels are linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.


Edema occurs when tiny blood vessels in your body leak fluid. The fluid builds up in surrounding tissues, leading to swelling.

Decreased breast size

Because the breasts contain a portion of fat, focusing on cardio and high-intensity exercises can help shed weight faster and target problem areas. Pushups can tighten and tone the chest muscles to reduce the overall size of the breast. However, strength training and targeted exercises alone won't reduce breast size.

Voice mutation

A voice change or voice mutation, sometimes referred to as a voice break, commonly refers to the deepening of the voice of people as they reach puberty. A similar effect is a voice crack, during which a person's voice suddenly and unintentionally enters a higher register for a brief period of time.

Adverse cardiovascula

The most important adverse cardiovascular events include cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction (MI), and stroke. Other patient-important events include heart failure (HF), blood pressure elevation, atrial fibrillation, and venous thromboembolism.

Low semen volume

Low T can also result in the production of less seminal fluid. Because the seminal vesicles and the prostate need testosterone to do their job correctly, low levels of this vital hormone can lead to decreased secretions from these organs.

Violent trauma

Trauma is a common experience for adults and children in American communities, and it is especially common in the lives of people with mental and substance use disorders. For this reason, the need to address trauma is increasingly seen as an essential part of effective behavioral health care and an integral part of the healing and recovery process.

Telogen effluvium

"Excessive daily hair shedding (which is known as telogen effluvium) is not reliant on having a genetic predisposition

This is one of the vital side effects of injecting steroids on the body. If you inject or have orally, steroids cause excessive hair falls for both men and women.


Sharing needles to inject drugs and steroids causes HIV. Sharing a needle or syringe to inject any substance (including steroids, hormones or silicone) puts you at risk of HIV and other infections found in the blood, like hepatitis C. You're at risk whether you're injecting under the skin only or directly into your bloodstream.

Prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is cancer that occurs in the prostate (a small walnut-shaped gland in men that produces the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm). Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in men.


Irregular cycles can be ovulatory, meaning that ovulation occurs, or anovulatory, meaning ovulation does not occur. The most common menstrual irregularities include Oligomenorrhea or infrequent menstrual periods. Periods that occur more than 35 days apart. Periods usually occur every 21 to 35 days.

Male pattern baldness

If your hair loss begins at the temples or the crown of the head, you may have male pattern baldness. Some men will get a single bald spot. Others experience their hairlines receding to form an “M” shape. In some men, the hairline will continue to recede until all or most of the hair is gone.


Sarcopenia is characterized by a decrease in muscle mass, which leads to weakness and frailty and also a decrease in height. While Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and fracture, which can also cause a person to become shorter.

Increased LDL cholesterol levels

LDL cholesterol levels should be less than 100 mg/dL. Levels of 100 to 129 mg/dL are acceptable for people with no health issues but may be of more concern for those with heart disease or heart disease risk factors. A reading of 130 to 159 mg/dL is borderline high and 160 to 189 mg/dL is high.


Epistaxis or nosebleed is simply bleeding from the blood vessels in the nose. The most common causes of nosebleeds are drying of the nasal membranes and nose picking, which can be prevented with proper lubrication of the nasal passages and not picking the nose.

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) also called prostate gland enlargement, is a common condition as men get older. An enlarged prostate gland can cause uncomfortable urinary symptoms, such as blocking the flow of urine out of the bladder. It can also cause bladder, urinary tract or kidney problems.


Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. The condition can be self-limiting or can progress to fibrosis, cirrhosis or liver cancer. Hepatitis A virus (HAV) is present in the feces of infected persons and is most often transmitted through the consumption of contaminated water or food.

Testicular atrophy

Testicular atrophy is when the testes shrink. If the testes shrink, a person could have a lower sperm count, lower testosterone levels, or both, due to the loss of these cells. Testicular atrophy differs from the shrinking that occurs due to cold temperatures.

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