This paper discusses the risks and benefits of use of steroids.
The naturally produced steroids include all the corticosteroid hormones i.e. glucocorticoids or mineralocorticoids produced in the adrenal cortex. The sex hormones such as testosterone, progesterone, and estrogen are steroids. Additionally, all vitamins of the Vitamin D group i.e. calciferol, the bile acids i.e. the ursodeoxycholic acid and analogues, cardiac aglycones, sterols like cholesterol are all grouped under steroids. There are also some additional steroids such as toad poison, saponins, some carcinogenic hydrocarbons, some corticosteroid drugs like prednisone are all steroids. In general, the scientific community is successful in producing these chemicals in the laboratories and these synthetic chemicals are analogues of many of the naturally occurring steroids. Both natural and synthetic steroids are used to treat several disorders and play a critical role in the normal functioning of the body (ClearLead Inc.com, 2008). In the natural form steroids have a range of uses in the human body. ...Show more