Current Issues of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences

Potential risks related to anabolic steroids use on nervous, cardiovascular and reproductive systems disorders in men

Curr Issues Pharm Med Sci., Vol. 31, No. 3, 135-139

Agnieszka Kujawska1,2, Joanna Androsiuk-Perkowska1, Jakub Husejko1
Marcin Kozuchowski1, Daria Bieniek1, Natalia Skierkowska1
Weronika Topka1, Malgorzata Gajos1, Kornelia Kedziora-Kornatowska1

Ludwik Rydygier Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz NCU in Torun, Department and Clinic of Geriatrics, Bydgoszcz, Poland
Ludwik Rydygier Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz NCU in Torun, Department of Physiology, Bydgoszcz, Poland

DOI: 10.1515/cipms-2018-0026


Anabolic steroids (AS) have been a subject of intensive research for the last several decades. Due to wide use of AS in pharmacological treatment and in professional and amateur sport, it is, hence, worthwhile to describe the biochemical mechanism of the effects of AS usage in humans and its potential health risks. In this work, the relationship between diet and its effect on the level of testosterone in blood is described. Testosterone affects the nervous system, however, there is need for further researches to examine the influence of AS therapy on emotional and cognitive functioning. AS therapy has known negative effects on the cardiovascular system: cardiac hypertrophy can occur, blood pressure can vastly increased, thrombotic complications can come about. These effects are observed not only in patients who are treated with AS, but also in athletes. The paper also describes the relationship between AS and reproductive system diseases. Decreased libido and erectile dysfunction are only some of the many side effects of an incorrect AS treatment.


anabolic steroids, testosterone, strength athletes, nervous system, cardiovascular system, reproductive system.


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