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Doctor insights on: Alternatives To Dhea Supplements

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What is dhea and is it ok to take supplements that have high dosage of dhea?

What is dhea and is it ok to take supplements that have high dosage of dhea?

Hormone replacement: Its never a good idea to take a hormone as a supplement unless there is a deficiency. Even in some hormone deficiencies, the drawbacks to replacement outweigh the benefits. While there is some limited evidence that dhea replacement can help specific groups (people with addison's disease for example), I am unaware of evidence for general replacement. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more


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Are there any sude effects of taking dhea supplement, I have low testosteran count.

Are there any sude effects of taking dhea supplement, I have low testosteran count.

Hormone Supplements: Yes. It can lower your testosterone farther. One should never be on any kind of hormone booster or supplements without the specific oversight of a physician. Anything that mimics testosterone can tell your testes that they do not need to make much testosterone. ...Read more

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Hair and dhea supplements?

Hair and dhea supplements?

Depends: In women, dhea does convert to a small amount of testosterone. This can promote acne as well as possibly more male pattern hair growth. ...Read more

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What if the DHEA-S is high and you are not taking supplements? Mine has been flagged high twice in 7 months, so has my hydroxyprogesterone + cortisol

What if the DHEA-S is high and you are not taking supplements? Mine has been flagged high twice in 7 months, so has my hydroxyprogesterone + cortisol

See endocrinologist: Nonspecific for high hormones, unsure why except unless you take supplements, should not go above normal lab values if so, see gland specialist [endocrinologist] ...Read more

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Is a dhea supplement safe to use for an adrenal imbalance?

Is a dhea supplement safe to use for an adrenal imbalance?

Safe, but ineffectiv: If you truly have adrenal insufficiency, dhea alone is not adequate replacement, and you will need additional hormones including glucocorticoids and mineralocorticoids. "adrenal imbalance", "adrenal fatigue" etc are really pseudo-diseases, not well characterized, and it probably won't hurt to take dhea. ...Read more

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Will dhea 25 milligram increase muscle mass if supplemented once a day?

Will dhea 25 milligram increase muscle mass if supplemented once a day?

Yes it could: Dhea could potentially increase your testosterone leading to higher lean body mass and lower fat mass. However, pure dhea might increase your Estradiol levels as well which in higher doses can cause gynecomastia (male breasts) and other estrogen related side-effects. I suggest taking 7-keto dhea rather than pure dhea to prevent raise in other hormones since it won't convert to estrogen. ...Read more

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Can you take the supplement dhea if there is prostrate cancer in the family?

Not proven: Not scientifically proven or agreed in the medical community. ...Read more

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Will taking dhea give males enlarged breasts. Should I not be taking them supplement?

Will taking dhea give males enlarged breasts. Should I not be taking them supplement?

Not recommended: High levels of dhea can cause gynecomastia (enlarged breasts) in men. For the conditions you have listed above, there is no reason for you to take dhea supplements. ...Read more

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Doc recommended dhea supplement for my menopausal mother. Why? What does it do?

Doc recommended dhea supplement for my menopausal mother. Why? What does it do?

Adrenal support: Dhea provides precursor for adrenal hormones and improves endurance - for elderly very low dose is needed vs younger adults. It will help them participate in therapy. ...Read more

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Have low secretory IgA levels 79 mcg/ml, high dhea 0.61-0.91 ng/ml and total daily cortisol of 1.45 mcg/dl. I'm not taking any supplements. Feel tired?

Have low secretory IgA levels 79 mcg/ml, high dhea 0.61-0.91 ng/ml and total daily cortisol of 1.45 mcg/dl. I'm not taking any supplements. Feel tired?

Your IgA level is..: Your IgA level is normal. I high dhea level is usually associated with good health and longevity. Your fatigue has another cause! ...Read more

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I am taking DHEA supplements and 500 mg of metformin per day yet my blood sugar keeps rising. Is there a negative interaction with DHEA and Metformin?

I am taking DHEA supplements and 500 mg of metformin per day yet my blood sugar keeps rising. Is there a negative interaction with DHEA and Metformin?

Low metformin dose: Hi. That's a generally subtherapeutic dose of metformin. The DHEA won't hurt the metformin action as far as we know, but won't help anything either (except the DHEA manufacturers' bank accounts). If you're not controlled on metformin 500 mg/day, ramp it up to the maximum and add more diabetes drugs until you're controlled. Don't stay poorly controlled; that's high risk for complications. Good luck ...Read more

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Gynaecologist prescribed 75mg DHEA supplement for 3 months for infertility. Is it safe? Read about DHEA causing some cancers.

Gynaecologist prescribed 75mg DHEA supplement for 3 months for infertility. Is it safe? Read about DHEA causing some cancers.

Cancer: Cancer is unlikely. It is standard to link medication to cancer but it is most often not an issue. The DHEA you read about is a very uncommon cause of cancer. ...Read more

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Hello, I am 21 years old and am thinking to take DHEA as a supplement for Bodybuilding. Will it help me to gain muscle mass? Could you please guide?

Muscle mass: I am a strong advocate of eating natural proteins to increase the muscle mass: egg white, edammame beans, quinoa, beans, lentils, teff. Greek yogurt to mention only few. I am violently against DHEA. ...Read more

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Should I take DHEA supplement before or after meals? On an empty stomach? Or this does not matter? - Thanks.

Should I take DHEA supplement before or after meals? On an empty stomach? Or this does not matter? - Thanks.

I cannot find a: Reference as to when it should be taken regarding meals, so I would take it on an empty stomach or when convenient. ...Read more

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I am a 36yo female on 50mg of vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine). Is it safe to take 7-keto dhea supplements and bio-identical progesterone cream?

I am a 36yo female on 50mg of vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine). Is it safe to take 7-keto dhea supplements and bio-identical progesterone cream?

Why?: The safety of the combo has never been studied. Why would you want to take these supplements which are not recommended as treatment for any human problem or disorder. Bio-identical just means it costs a lot more, not that it's appropriate to use. Keto-dhea can lead to many potential side effects. Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or the internet. ...Read more

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What are your thoughts on DHEA supplement after total hysterectomy vs the traditional estrogen and testosterone therapy?

Don't bother w/DHEA: DHEA is a dietary supplement that garnered a lot of press at one as mother of all hormones but there's no proof of clinical benefit despite theory. There are definite risks as well as benefits to hormone replacement. Individual answer depends upon your personal & Family History. Total hysterectomy refers only to removing uterus which means ovaries are left behind. Ask if BSO necessary which means ...Read more

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Is it generally safe to take dhea. I bought them as I had low energy level and fatigue associated with anxiety. Is it a safe supplement?

Nope: Dhea is converted to cortisone, testosterone and estrogen - and you have not control as to which or how much. Also, most of the dhea supplements don't have much dhea in them, and who know what else is in there. You don't even know why you're taking them or how to measure your response. Is it worth playing russian roulette with your health. Don't get medical info from tv, friends and the internet. ...Read more

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I have pcos and my period irregular, my dr. Give me dhea supplement, is it good for me? And for howlong should I continue on it? Is there bad effect on me

DHEA is: Metabolized to estrogen, testosterone or cortisone -- and you can't control which and how much goes to each of the three. Plus, most of the dhea supplements don't have much real dhea in them anyway. In short, it won't make any difference and could cause problems. Talk with a real doctor about possible metformin therapy, which can help the basic problem of Insulin resistance and? Restore fertility. ...Read more

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I have low testosterone: 380 ng/dl for my age of 25 years. I plan to take dhea supplements. Will this cause testicular atrophy?

I have low testosterone: 380 ng/dl for my age of 25 years. I plan to take dhea supplements. Will this cause testicular atrophy?

Not usually: Dhea is a precursor and the elevation of testosterone it causes is not substantial.
On the other hand, you should measure your testosterone again and make sure it truly is abnormal. 380 could be physiologically adequate for you. ...Read more

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I am a 31 year old PCOS patient, had miscarriage twice. Can I take supplements like DHEA and CoQ10. Are there any side effects? What dosage?

I am a 31 year old PCOS patient, had miscarriage twice. Can I take supplements like DHEA and CoQ10. Are there any side effects? What dosage?

Miscarriage: Please contact your Gynecologist to discuss your concerns. You may get advice by phone or, more likely, you will have to go and see your Gynecologist.

Hope all goes well - please keep me posted. ...Read more

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My testosterone level was 325. Could I benefit from taking DHEA supplement? I have ED problems and low sex drive. I also have charcot marie tooth

My testosterone level was 325. Could I benefit from taking DHEA supplement? I have ED problems and low sex drive. I also have charcot marie tooth

Complicated: There are many sub types of CMT (HSMN) The relationship to ED depends on the type and the degree of involvement of afferent and efferent nerves. The use of male hormones depends on many factors and should be done under strict medical supervision. I'd start with a urologist and have them consult with your neurologist after doing a good exam. Lets get these problems taken care of. ...Read more

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Should I take a dhea supplement and along with my co q-10, magnesium, potassium, and niacin?

Should I take a dhea supplement and along with my co q-10, magnesium, potassium, and niacin?

No: A healthy 20 yo male should not be on any supplements that have not been proven to treat or prevent anything, in this stage and age we try to practice evidence based medicine and none of the supplements mentioned have been proven to provide any benefit.
You need a healthy lifestyle, balanced diet, any multivitamin (maybe) and plenty of exercise.
There are no shortcuts (unfortunately). ...Read more

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My DHEA-S is 11.5 (anything below 9.8 is normal). All other labs within range. Cause of concern? Tests needed? Thanks!

Depends: B"sd
DHEAS is the stable (sulfated) form of DHEA the major precusor steroid hormone in the androgen/estrogen pathway. It is a marker of overall adrenal function especially considered a marker of adrenal androgens. Concern would arise from any associated menstrual, androgenic (eg hirsuitism, acne) or metabolic disturbances. If none would still monitor on occasion for further elevation. ...Read more

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DHEA S blood test was 156. Is this a normal/average test result for 42 yr. Old female otherwise healthy?

DHEA S blood test was 156. Is this a normal/average test result for 42 yr. Old female otherwise healthy?

Clinical Context: It is important to interpret test results knowing what unit of measurements are being used. Before commenting whether or not a test is normal the doctor should know the clinical context ---Who, when and why was the particular test ordered. Without knowing that info then isolated numbers are less useful. Based on the limited info here this number is in the normal reference range. ...Read more

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I am being tested for Cushings Disease. High DHEA-S, Hydroxyprogesterone and Cortisol levels, anything else I should be concerned about?

I am being tested for Cushings Disease. High DHEA-S, Hydroxyprogesterone and Cortisol levels, anything else I should be concerned about?

Concerned: Yes you should be concerned but relax - your doctor will carefully go through the conditions you listed and probably see if you have additional issues.
If you can, try and let the doctor know when you began to realize that something was a bit wrong.
Please keep me posted. ...Read more

Dhea (Definition)

Dhea= dihydroepiandrosterone ...Read more