An excerpt from a study authored and published by Project Know - an organization dedicated to informing the public on addictions, drug abuse, and treatment options.
Our innate competitive drive – at play on levels both biological and societal – can reach cutthroat levels in the world of sports. Athletes often seek every available opportunity to gain a competitive edge. With so much pressure placed on winning, shortcuts like performance-enhancing drugs begin to look appealing, despite their potentially fatal consequences.
Performance-enhancing drugs are thought to gives athletes an edge in competition, but do so with adverse health effects in the long-run. Many of these substances cause cardiovascular conditions, organ damage, tumors, and endocrine effects, all of which do more harm to the athlete than good. We broke down the effects of substances such as anabolic agents, peptide hormones, beta-2 antagonists, diuretics, stimulants, and narcotics on the body to explore how performance-enhancing drugs may actually impede performance.
Click here to explore Project Know's step-by-step look at PEDs affects on the brain, hair & skin, heart, kidneys, liver, lungs, and reproductive organs.