One of the most common short-term side effects of steroid use is Edema, or in other words, water retention. Edema causes “swelling in the ankles, knees, feet and wrists. This condition can be constant for some people while taking steroids” (Mayo). Abusers with Edema can easily feel uncomfortable and their bones may not properly function. Another very probable short-term side effect is the “atrophy of the testicles. This condition causes the testicles to shrink and is caused by testosterone coming from another source other than the testicles themselves, causing them to shrink” (Christopher). Finally, the last common short term effect is jaundice. “Jaundice is failure of bile flow that causes yellowish pigmentation of skin, tissues, and body fluids” (Sutton). The condition will bring unwanted attention to users and it is a disorder that will take away from a person that is trying to have a big bad look.
Some of the long-term conditions are ones that most steroid users entirely overlook. One of the most harmful conditions is a cardio vascular problem. High cholesterol is linked with steroid use and this “increases the chance of blood clots to the heart or the brain, which can result in death or severe disability. As the body tries to cope with the massive muscle mass that it is quickly building, there is an extra burden on the heart to supply blood” (Christopher). High cholesterol can also result in death from heart attacks, which is common throughout steroid use. Problems with the liver can become another long-term effect that is disregarded amongst steroid users. According to many cites “Steroids are scientifically proven to cause