Health Watch -- Self Improvement: Women and Steroids

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about self-improvement efforts you may be taking as the new year begins. One very popular resolution is to get in better shape, either to look better or to do better in sports and other activities. Doctors at UT Southwestern Medical Center say you shouldn’t use steroids to reach these goals.

Although male athletes are what we usually picture when we think of steroid abuse, young women are increasingly turning to steroids. Dr. Richard Auchus, a UT Southwestern endocrinologist, says there are many health and appearance risks associated with steroids, including growth of facial hair, baldness, stunted growth, heart attacks and behavioral problems. He says a good diet, exercise and adequate sleep can do a lot to help you reach your fitness and appearance goals.



December 2006

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