I was lying in my bed watching a baseball game when one of the announcers mentioned one of the players tested positive for Human Growth Hormone (HGH) and that got me thinking. I’ve always wondered what steroids do that make your muscles grow the way they do. Anabolic steroids are synthetic derivates of the naturally produce hormone testosterone. They promote the growth of muscle and the typical characteristics a male experiences in puberty.
We create tiny tears in our micro-fibers when we left weights heavier than we are supposed to. What your body does to counter-act that is that it repairs the tear and adds bigger cells in hopes to build a stronger fiber so that they won’t tear the next time. This process is called muscular hypertrophy. This process is how muscles are built. Testosterone is the body’s main ingredient for this. Anabolic steroid can be used as a substitute supplement however.
Once ingested, the steroid travels through the bloodstream to the muscle tissue. It is then drawn into the androgen receptor. It then interacts with the cells DNA to promote cell growth. Most people use injections rather than an oral tablet. The injection goes straight into the blood stream rather than through other organs as shown in the picture below.