Steroids Can Be Dangerous, Even Short-Term

By Dr. Mercola The first record of steroid use can be traced to 1930, when an extract of animal adrenocortical tissue was used to counteract human adrenal failure.1 After more than 10 years of testing and research, the first patient with rheumatoid arthritis was treated with steroids. Based on the impressive results, it wasn’t long before the drug was prescribed to other patients with arthritis. In 1950, the first oral and intra-articular (joint) formulations were used. By the 1960s, doctors were aware of many side effects and the importance of properly withdrawing the medication. Scientists continue to discover the effects of adding an outside source of steroids to your complex hormonal mix. Three of the most common side effects, even from short term use, are osteoporosis or reduced bone density, cataracts and an increased risk of diabetes. Now, research demonstrates side effects from short-term prescriptions are greater than previously understood or anticipated by the researchers. S


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