Health Watch — Swimsuit Season: Steroid Abuse

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about getting in shape for swimsuit season. That’s an admirable goal if you approach it by improving your habits. With a nutritious diet and regular exercise, you’ll not only look better, you’ll be healthier. On the other hand, becoming obsessed with how you look in a swimsuit can be bad for your self-image and for your body.

Dr. Richard Auchus, an endocrinologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says a rising number of women and teenage girls are abusing steroids in an attempt to look better or get stronger. Steroid abuse can lead to side effects like facial hair growth and baldness as well as consequences like increased risk for heart attacks.

A good diet, enough sleep and exercise, including, weight lifting, are the best way to become stronger and more toned.


June 2007

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