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DHEA Supplements for Health Conditions

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    DHEA Supplements for Health Conditions

    DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is a hormone produced by your body's adrenal glands. These are glands just above your kidneys.

    DHEA supplements can be made from wild yam or soy.

    Scientists don't know everything DHEA does. But they do know that it functions as a precursor to male and female sex hormones, including testosterone and estrogen. Precursors are substances that are converted by the body into a hormone.

    DHEA production peaks in your mid-20s. In most people, production gradually declines with age.
    DHEA supplements show some promise for easing mild to moderate depression. But more research is needed.
    In a small, six-week study, researchers from the National Institute of Mental Health found that treatment with DHEA supplements helped relieve mild to moderate depression that occurs in some middle-aged people. DHEA may also be effective for improving aging skin in the elderly. As for other conditions, both National Standard and the NIH say the evidence is unclear whether DHEA has any significant benefit in treating conditions such as:
    Alzheimer's disease
    Low bone density
    Heart disease
    Cervical cancer
    Myalgic encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)
    Crohn's disease
    Rheumatoid arthritis
    Sexual dysfunction

    Both agencies also say there is little evidence to support claims that DHEA has value in treating conditions such as fibromyalgia, addressing issues with memory or muscle strength, or enhancing and stimulating the immune system.
    Safety of DHEA Supplements-

    Possible side effects of DHEA supplements can include: Oily skin and acne, as well as skin thickening
    Hair loss
    Stomach upset
    High blood pressure
    Changes in menstrual cycle
    Facial hair in women
    Deepening of the voice in women
    Nasal congestion
    Rapid or irregular heart beat
    Unfavorable changes in cholesterol levels
    Some of these side effects can result from DHEA raising the level of testosterone and estrogen in a person's body. Medical experts caution that little is known about the long-term effect of the elevated hormone levels. DHEA supplements should not be taken long-term without consulting with a health care professional.
    Last edited by jns; 09-08-2018, 07:58 PM.

    A great thread and very informative.