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Who can take dhea ?

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Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Adrenal disease?: Dhea is the precursor to sex hormones (estrogen and testosterone). Testosterone is also released by the testes, and estrogen is also released by the ovaries. Some have used dhea for premature ovarian failure to help libido in women. However, these are mostly off-label uses that poor-quality studies to back them. Other uses (memory, aging, muscles, etc) are not validated and can be unsafe.
Dr. Edward Workman
Specializes in Pain Management
Anyone: Dehydroepiandosterone (DHEA) is a precursor for androgens (e.g. testosterone) estrogens. Levels decrease after age 30. In 25-100mg/day dosing, it is taken for a variety of conditions. These include, low testosterone in men, to improve well being and sexuality in men and women, depression, Parkinsons, and myriad other diseases and conditions. Who can take it? Basically anyone.

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A 23-year-old member asked:

Is it dangerous to take dhea?

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Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Not really: For the general population the answer is no. If you have any kind of hormonal imbalance then you would want to check with your doctor 1st. More important is why would you want to take it? For men it mostly can cause breast enlargement and higher levels of estradiol, a female hormone.

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