maryjblige-steroidsNow, don’t you like the sound and the possibility of that – a second stab at one of the thrilling stages of your life. It’s possible according to Charles Yesalis, Penn State professor of exercise and sports science.

“Essentially, anabolic steroids induce a second adolescence,” says Yesalis. “Many of the same things happen as would in puberty. As testosterone levels elevate, the user experiences increased strength and muscle mass.”

He further explains: “Anabolic steroids are synthetic versions of the natural hormone testosterone, which drives the development of secondary male sex characteristics. When boys hit puberty, testosterone levels shoot up, causing hair to grow, sex organs to mature, muscles to enlarge and the voice to deepen. The process continues until testosterone levels begin to drop off at age 40.”

Note that anabolic steroids are not exclusively used by athletes who want to boost their performance. Popular models and Hollywood celebrities are reportedly using (not en masse, but many of them) steroids to improve their marketability. As one online survey has concluded, the bulk of recreational steroid users are motivated in improving their physical appearance and not their performance in athletic sports.

This positive aspect of these controlled substances (improving looks, defying age) is the reason why Mary J. Blige and other RnB artists figured in a doping incident recently. Some steroids are considered as fast fat burners and most are known to improve the general physique. Thus, those who want some a little help in getting a well-toned body resort to steroids.

And it looks like Hollywood is not the only stars haven ‘benefiting’ from steroids. Its Indian counterpart, Bollywood, is also gaining different kind of publicity because of steroids. Salman Khan is one of Bollywood’s most controversial cases of steroid use.

Yesalis warns though that steroids can be harmful to users. Acne breakout, baldness, infertility and virilization symptoms (excessive hair growth, deepening of voice) on women are just a few of the possible side effects of steroid use.