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Could high DHEA levels be causing me to retain water and gain weight

A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Maybe yes: Women or girls with elevated dhea levels may have a hormonal problem that causes symptoms such as weight gain, increased body hair, acne, irregular pe... Read More
Dr. Paul Kaplowitz
Pediatric Endocrinology 45 years experience
Probably not: DHEA is not a very reliable test by itself as the DHEA-S is more accurate for adrenal androgen assessment but without knowing what other symptoms you ... Read More

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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Vuguin
Pediatrics 33 years experience
None: Clinical research by dr. Regelson in animals, showed that dhea promoted weight loss in overweight animals even when they ate their usual diet. Dr. Ba... Read More
Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
DHEA: Is sold over the counter in US but in Europe it is by prescription. Please do not take DHEA w/out seeing your doctor and having your blood level lab ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Not really an: Association. It's more likely that the cause of your elevated DHEA levels is responsible but still very well could be unrelated. To be able to bette... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jesse Chuang
Nephrology and Dialysis 17 years experience
Depends: We lose fluids through tears, sweat and even breathing. If the total amount of fluid you lose is less than what you drink, you will retain water and ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
PCOS: If you have PCOS, it's the metabolic syndrome that's driving your weight gain, not the DHEA. The DHEA causes acne, hair growth where it's not suppose... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Jurewitz
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
High DHEAS: You might have a type of genetic enzyme defect from birth that could result in this, or you could have a small growth on your adrenal gland (ovary muc... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Your body can: retain water and this can cause temporary weight gain and also wash out important electrolytes that allow your body to function properly. See your do... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Workman
Specializes in Pain Management
Possibly: Aleve is an NSAID that can impact the kidney's ability to process fluids as usual; this can result in fluid retention.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 41 years experience
How high?: I don't know what abnormally high levels mean, but with your current endocrine problems you definitely should be seeing a quality endocrinologist on a... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Liuska Pesce
Pediatric Endocrinology 23 years experience
Depends on levels: Dhea is the most abundant adrenal hormone. It's sulfated form is more stable. Labs are not perfect and i wonder why the level was checked in the first... Read More

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