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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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If I have low adrenal function can I use dhea?

If I have low adrenal function can I use dhea?

Be Careful: Not sure what you mean by low adrenal function, but dhea is a mild testosterone like steroid which could cause virilization if you're female and might even lead to some gynecomastia if you're male because of ultimate estrogen conversion as part of normal metabolic pathway. If you have adrenal insufficiency, an endocrinologist should care for you; treatment is not dhea. Dhea is not w/o side effects. ...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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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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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

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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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I have unknown type ans disorder. A recent dhea level very low. All other tests are normal. I have seen many docs. Cxn to adrenal issues? Pheno r/o.

TMJ: Headache and migraine are consistent with a TMJ disorder. Many pts go undiagnosed and the many times will present taking the same meds. Since you have most likely ruled out a brain tumor with the MRI and all other test are normal, I would suggest seeing a dentist specially trained who treats TMJ disorders and craniofacial pain. Most of the pts present with ANS disorders and adrenal issues. ...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 can be the cause of an elevated dhea sulfate level (elevated adrenal hormones) of 599 mcg/dl? What does it mean if it's idiopathic?

Not that high: A dhea-s of 599 (correct -comes from the adrenals) is somewhat increased but will usually not cause problems. It would help to know the reason why it was done. If periods are irregular other tests were probably run and if normal would be reassuring. If periods very irregular and increased facial hair you should definitely see an endocrinologist if you have not done so to look for other things. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have high dhea sulfate levels (elevated adrenal hormones)? What are the problems associated with this? What can it lead to?

By itself: A high (how high) dheas level may mean nothing at all. I don't know why the level would have been drawn in the first place. It can be significantly (not slightly) elevated in a variety of ovarian or adrenal problems, including pcos. It is also stimulated by certain medications. As a solitary finding without other clinical information, however, it has no value. Talk w/the doctor who ordered it, . ...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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Could adrenal glandulars increase dhea and testosterone levels?

Could adrenal glandulars increase dhea and testosterone levels?

Yes: Glandulars have been a traditional source of these hormones, but there absorption is not realiable. Check with your doctor or check out acam which is an organization that has investigated and held standards on hormone supplementation. They even have a physician referral on there website. ...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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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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Dhea (Definition)

Dhea= dihydroepiandrosterone ...Read more