Drugs, alcohol...and steroids are addictiveWhen it comes to addiction most people think of hard drugs or alcohol due to the fact that such substances are the most commonly abused. One substance that most people tend to overlook is anabolic steroids. A new report has shown that steroid use is quite common amongst teenagers. Steroids are not known for intoxication, but are extremely unhealthy nonetheless and have been found to be quite addictive.
New study examines teenagers' use of steroidsNearly one in 20 teenagers have used steroids to increase their muscle mass, according to a new study. The report found that more than one-third of boys and one-fifth of girls said they had used protein shakes or powders to increase their muscles, while between five and 10 percent used non-steroid substances to bulk up.
Study details...2,800 students in middle and high schools in Minnesota took part in the study published in the journal Pediatrics. Here are some details:
- Most of the students had engaged in at least one muscle-building activity in the previous year.
- Up to one-third used what researchers considered unhealthy ways to increase their muscle mass, such as taking steroids or other muscle-building substances, or drinking too many protein shakes or engaging in excessive weight-lifting.
- Surprisingly, the study found steroid use was equal among students who were athletes and those who were not.
“Really the pressure to start using (steroids) is in high school,” Dr. Linn Goldberg of the Oregon Health and Science University, who was not involved in the study, told Reuters. “You get the influence of older teens in high school, so when you’re a 14-year-old that comes in, you have 17-year-olds who are the seniors, and they can have great influence as you progress into the next stage of your athletic career.”
KMSP-TV Minneapolis-St. Paul reports on study
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The holiday season officially begins with the celebration of Thanksgiving. As you gather together with family and friends take some time to engage with your teenagers. As you prepare your holiday meal you can set good examples about smart eating habits and good health.
We wish all our readers a beautiful and healthy Thanksgiving.