Uses and Side Effects of Steroids

December 10, 2017

  vasi - steroidsCorticosteroids Corticosteroids are a synthetic man-made drug which closely resembles cortisol, a hormone naturally produced from the adrenal glands. Cortisol is essential for health and wellbeing. During stress, the body produces extra cortisol to prevent it from becoming sick. When cortisol is released into the bloodstream, it proceeds to act on different parts of the body and helps with: the body’s response to stress or danger, reducing inflammation, controlling blood pressure, influencing memory formation, controlling salt and water balance, and increasing the body’s metabolism of glucose. Common corticosteroid medications include prednisone, prednisolone, cortisone, hydrocortisone, and methylprednisolone. While steroids are commonly associated with bodybuilders and people who aim to illegally increase lean muscle mass, there are many legitimate medical uses for steroids. Corticosteroids are a common group of steroids which are used to treat arthritis, asthma, autoimmune diseases (such as Lupus, Crohn’s disease, and multiple sclerosis), myositis (inflammation of the muscle), skin conditions, ey