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CHEM 1105
Riley Mcminn

Chantz Delgado Chemistry & Society Extra CreditAssignment March 2 , 2012 Anabolic Steroids Asteroid is a type of organic compound that comprises a characteristic arrangement of four cycloalkane rings that are linked to each other.Anabolic steroids are a class of steroid hormones based on the androgen testosterone, which is a hormone primarily secreted in the testes of males and ovaries of females. This nature of steroid is known to enhance performance. It works by increasing the rate of protein synthesis within the cells, which leads to a further break down of the torn muscles. Thus, it allows the muscle recovery period to quicken. On the flipside, it has major side affects such as enhancing masculine characteristics such as obtaining a deeper voice and growing body hair. According to the article “Anabolic Steroids,” this drug is attractive to athletes and bodybuilders because it helps increase the size and strength of muscles. Moreover, they enhance traits related to aggression and competitiveness. Anabolic steroids work by changing muscle mass and strength by two processes. First, the steroids lead to an increased production of the building blocks of muscle, protein. Most importantly, the steroids also block the effect of the hormone cortisol on muscle tissue so that existing muscle is broken down at a slower rate. Hence, the user will be able to persistently build muscle on top of muscle. Now that you know why anabolic steroids are used, this article named, “Chemistry and Structure ofAnabolic andAndrogenic Steroids” will further examine the structure and synthesis of steroids. Steroids have a variety of uses in the human body, including, but not limited to: controlling meiosis, carbohydrate metabolism, fat storage, muscle growth, immune function, and nerve cell membrane chemistry. Steroids can be divide
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