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Pregnenolone Vs 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 pregnenolone replacement. Endocrinologists have this knowledge.See 1 more doctor answer
Taking estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone is known to be a risk factor for causing blood clots. Is the same true of pregnenolone and dhea?
Unknown, probably no: Supplements such as dhea and pregnenolone are not regulated by the fda and have no good studies that demonstrate that they do anything beneficial for any medical condition. The safety of these supplements is also unknown. You appear to be very young to have to be on hormone supplements. You should see an endocrinologist to find out if you really need to be on them.
Could low dhea sulfate or low pregnenoone levels cause your heart rate to increase with excertion heart test are normal echo stress test?
Not likely: Likely a component of deconditioning. See your doctor for evaluation.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
The branding...: These 2 compounds are basically similar; and some even come in the same formulation/powder; so you can make shakes from it to enhance your workouts. Companies like twin-labs; now foods, etc. All have their own...And my sage advice on questions like this is let the buyer beware! Always ask your doctor before starting any new medication/supplement!See 1 more doctor answer
While ACTH: Can stimulate dhea production, the exact mechanism of dhea regulation is unknown. Beware of junk you read on the internet re: dhea and it's significance in medical disease or use as a therapy. It is metabolized to estrogen, testosterone or cortisone -- and you can't control which it's converted into. Stay away from dhea supplements, most don't have much active ingredient anyway.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Dhea is a male-type (androgenic) hormone from the adrenal glands which can be enzymatically converted to other androgens in your body, which can be converted to Estrogens by the hormone aromatase. Beware of marketing excesses that imply benefits from supplements which are unproven.See 1 more doctor answer
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