One German study on low dose prednisone addresses the billion dollar question. “On balance, the safety profile of very low-dose prednisolone therapy established in the controlled trials is not inconsistent with its long-term use. The expected disease-modifying effect has to be weighed against the possibility of side effects, taking the individual patient’s situation into account. It remains to be seen whether dosages lower than 5 mg provide the same benefit with even fewer side effects and whether the same effect can be produced in patients with more advanced disease .”
Not shortly after Roger Maris record was broken, another baseball player, Jason Giambi and various other athletes were either suspected of, or proven to have, taken anabolic steroids. Again, Congress convened a hearing, and just as they did the first time in 1990, they did not determine that steroids were a danger, but rather that the danger was more in protecting professional sports organizations. The updated statute has been updated to proscribe pro-hormones also The definition of an anabolic steroid as defined currently in the United States under (41)(A) is that "anabolic steroid" means any drug or hormonal substance, chemically and pharmacologically related to testosterone (other than estrogens , progestins, corticosteroids, and dehydroepiandrosterone (7).