Girls on Steroids

Among young athletes, these dangerous drugs are all the rage. Is your daughter using them?

I stay in shape and admire competitive athletes, but I can't understand why some of them, including those Tour de France cyclists in the news last week, risk their health by taking performance-enhancing drugs (see our Science section for details). Among the most dangerous such drugs are anabolic steroids, which are versions of the male hormone testosterone. And there are clues you should look for to see whether your daughter might be using these drugs.

That's right, your daughter. Although the steroid fad seems to be fading among teenage boys, the latest studies suggest that it's just taking off among girls....

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