Q. With reference to anabolic steroids, consider the following statements:
1.These are essentially lab-made versions of the male hormone testosterone.
2.They are similar to corticosteroids.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
- Statement 1 is correct: Anabolic steroids are essentially lab-made versions of the male hormone testosterone and have a similar effect of increasing muscle mass as the natural hormone does. It also increases male characteristics in a person, such as facial hair and a deeper voice.
- Statement 2 is incorrect: These are very different from the corticosteroids that are prescribed by doctors for inflammations, several autoimmune diseases, or to suppress the body’s immune system during a Covid-19 infection. Corticosteroids are lab-made molecules that mimic the action of the hormone called cortisol that controls the body’s stress response, metabolism, and inflammation.