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How Can You Lower Dhea Levels In Women
Possible, but....: Athough theoretically possible, it would require suppression of the adrenal glands, which the body typically does a great job of regulating on its own. I have seen advertisements for "estrogen and testosterone binders" but these generally do not help, and can cause many side-effects... ...Read more
Yes: In women dhea peaks after the 20s and slowly declines. In premenopausal women dhea is made 50/50 in the ovary and adrenal glands. Blood levels measure contributions from both. But there is a wide overlap of "normal" values at different times of day as well as at different ages and sexes. ...Read more
Adrenal androgen: Hi. DHEA is an adrenal androgen. Do you have male pattern hair growth and/or irregular periods? If you're not taking DHEA, your elevation is coming from your adrenals. This can be seen in some types of congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Cushing's syndrome, and other rarer adrenal problems. I suggest you see an endocrinologist for a proper evaluation including diagnostic tests. Good luck! ...Read more
I am a woman and have unbalanced hormones- high DHEA levels. Could that be affecting the size of my chest? It keeps getting smaller.
Chest: Highly unlikely but please bring your concerns to your doctor. ...Read more
First why elevated?:
DHEAS is the highest concentration steroid hormone. From it is formed all the steroids, including estrogen and progesterone. It can also be associated with elevated male hormones like testosterone that can interfere with cycles and ovulation. It also may affect pregnancy outcomes, especially with girl baby. Elevated DHEAS can come from the adrenal glands, ovaries or both. Glad to discuss ...Read more
DHEA levels: Dhea is not a reliable measure of adrenal function independent of acth stimulation test where it's compared to other hormone levels before and after stimulation. If an adrenal tumor is of concern, a random dhea is unhelpful. If you have concerns regarding adrenal function or adrenal tumor, please consider consulting with an endocrinologist. ...Read more
2 y-o female high testosterone and dhea so4 levels from blood test results. What could be the cause?
I am a women and have high DHEA levels. Can that be causing me to have excess acne all over and excess hair?
Possibly: The two major hormones that cause excess hair growth or acne in women is testosterone or DHEA sulfate. DHEA is a less reliable test because levels vary widely. If these levels are consistently high, one should look for a cause. A common cause is polycystic ovarian syndrome. This would be investigated by your gynecologist or an endocrinologist. ...Read more
32yo woman w/ elevated dhea level. Didn't like spironalactone. Am 5'2" 177 lbs. Not polycystic ovaries. Will losing lbs. Help? Any natural remedies?
What causes low blood level of dhea. I'm 25 female. Adrenal tumor maybe? I have high estrogen and chronic fatigue, body pain etc...
See endocrinologist: Dhea isn't a hormone we typically measure at random because it isn't as reliable as the longer 1/2 life of dheas. Likewise, we usually don't measure total estrogen as it isn't helpful. Dhea is most reliable when compared before and after IV acth during stim testing around other hormones. Adrenal insufficiency can't be identified with a random dhea. ...Read more
What does it mean to have normal testosterone level but moderate elevation of dheas in a female. I have also male pattern hair loss.
I'm a 26 year old female with a DHEA sulfate level 845 CT scan for abdomen and pelvic area came back clear could there be a tumor somewhere else or wh?
29 yo female start having 20 hairs on chin, (TSH, Testos, FSH, LH, DHEA, sugar level) all normal, irregular periods, very stressed in life. 80kg-170cm?
PCOS: Get checked for PCOS.......probable have FHX of DM. ...Read more
You can take it but.: Dhea can be bought in certain stores selling vitamins and nutritional supplements and it will raise your blood level. Problem is very few studies show any measurably benefit from doing so, except perhaps in people whose adrenals have stopped working. Lots of hype about various benefits (energy, immune system) but no hard data to show it helps. ...Read more
See answer: Elevated dheas can cause wide range of issues, from hair problems, acne, irregular or scant periods. Your lifestyle, diet and stress levels all contribute to the amount of dhea in your body. Reducing stress, losing weight, eating less carbs and meat, vitamin e, licorice, and saw palmetto have all been promoted to lower one's dhea. Latter claims are anecdotal rather than scientifically validated. ...Read more
? Polycystic Ovaries:
One possibility is polycystic ovaries (pcos)
hyperandrogenemia is present in 60% to 80% of women with pcos: 70% have elevated free testosterone, 40% have elevated total testosterone, 25% have elevated dheas. Check with gyn or endocrinologist. ...Read more
Yes, if deficient: Suboptimal levels of dhea are common in those with adrenal insufficiency, a common condition in those with ongoing stress. However, dhea is converted to estrogen & testosterone & can be dangerous in high doses. I advise taking 5-10 mg, ideally under medical supervision, as part of a larger program to restore adrenal health- see www. Womentowomen. Com/adrenalhealth/dhea-naturalandsupplementation. Aspx. ...Read more
No: Dhea is metabolized to cortisone, estrogen and testosterone -- and you can't control which one is goes to. Also, there is no medical indication to take it in the first place, and most of the dhea supplements have little dhea in them. Don't get your medical advice from tv or the internet! ...Read more
DHEA is a mild androgen, produced by the adrenal glands. It is unusual to have a high level of DHEA unless you are supplementing with DHEA.
The good news is that there is no negative feedback mechanism for DHEA, which means that taking it does not affect your own production of it.
It shouldn't cause a problem. Just decrease or stop your supplementation.
Probably nothing: If you are male, it is of little concern. Dheas is a much weaker androgen than testosterone. If you are female, it depends on how old you are, how high it is and what symptoms you have. Facial hair? Acne? No periods? Infertility? If you have no symptoms or if they are mild, I would not pursue further. If you are symptomatic, would talk to doc about checking adrenals or ovaries. ...Read more
How many mgs of dhea would you recommend for a 50 year old, 5'3", 112 lb female? I took 25 mg once and felt awesome, yet didn't take amymore. Help..
It would take some time and space to answer that here.
I would try to find "Medicine Plus" on the internet and you will find a lot of readable, meaningful information.
If you don't have a computer take a visit to your local library and they will help you. ...Read more
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