Female Teenagers use steroids for other purposes too, besides athletes, Study saysA study published in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, a JAMA/Archives journal, stated that steroid usage by female teenage girls was not limited to athletes only. A team of researchers from the Division of Health Promotion & Sports Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University had found that female teenagers use steroids in various other unhealthy choices, including smoking and taking diet pills.

The study was analyzed on the survey findings of the Center for Disease Control’s Youth Risk Behavior. In survey around 7,544 girls of 9 to 12th grades were studied from throughout the country. The questionnaires include sports participation, anabolic steroid and drug use, as well as other illegal or unhealthy behaviors. Among the studied girls, approximately 5 percent of participants reported prior or ongoing anabolic steroid use.

Along with greater substance use, young female steroid users were also reported to have had sexual intercourse before age 13; have been pregnant; drink and drive; carry a weapon; have been in a fight on school property; have feelings of sadness or hopelessness almost every day for at least two weeks; and have even attempted suicide. Among the studied ones, those, who reported anabolic steroid use, took less participation in team athletics. Even girls who used steroids were more likely try extreme weight-loss techniques, such as vomiting and laxative use.

From Science Daily:

Researchers from the Division of Health Promotion & Sports Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University have found steroid use among teen girls is not limited to athletes and often goes hand in hand with other unhealthy choices, including smoking and taking diet pills. The study will be published in the June issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, a JAMA/Archives journal.

Diane Elliot, M.D., professor of medicine (health promotion and sports medicine), OHSU School of Medicine, and colleagues analyzed findings from the Center for Disease Control’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey of 7,544 ninth- through 12th-grade girls from around the country. The questionnaire asked about sports participation, anabolic steroid and drug use, and other illegal or unhealthy behaviors. Approximately 5 percent of participants reported prior or ongoing anabolic steroid use.

Diane Elliot, professor of medicine in OHSU School of Medicine, said that adolescent girls reporting anabolic steroid use had significantly more health-harming behaviors than others. He also said, “They were much more likely to use other unhealthy substances, including cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana and cocaine.”

Elliot further added that across all grades, those seem to be the most troubled adolescent female group with health-compromising activities in the domains of substance use, sexual behavior, violence and mental health. However, further study was needed to develop effective interventions for these young women.

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