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This Is What Performance-Enhancing Drugs Do To Your Body And Mind


Tom Hale

Senior Journalist

clockJul 20 2016, 18:36 UTC

There’s a fair amount of discussion about “performance-enhancing drugs” in the news at the moment, following recent scandals surrounding teams at the upcoming Olympic games in Rio. While this publicity hardly shows them in a good light, the grave side-effects they can have on your wider well-being is not as widely known.

ProjectKnow has created this set of animated infographics to give you the low-down on the effects these drugs can have on your health. From creating serious problems with your heart and blood pressure to shrinking testicles and baldness, these drugs may appear to enhance physical performance in the short-term, but in the long run, they are not good news for either your mind or body.


“Roid rage” is perhaps the most infamous of side-effects. Steroids and anabolic agents like testosterone can be used to promote muscle growth but they can also bring intensified aggression. Additionally, withdrawal from the drugs can often cause depression and anxiety. 

However, the effects of hormones, steroids, and stimulants go much further than this and can affect more or less every one of your organs. See how in the infographics below and head over to ProjectKnow for more background information, as well as the sources and evidence used to create them.

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