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What does it mean when my dhea level is high?

What does it mean when my dhea level is high?

High DHEA: 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. ...Read more

Dhea (Definition)

Dhea= dihydroepiandrosterone ...Read more


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What does your high dhea-sulfate levels mean?

What does your high  dhea-sulfate levels mean?

PCOS?: An elevated level of dheas may indicate an adrenocortical tumor, adrenal cancer, or adrenal hyperplasia. An increased level of dheas is not diagnostic of a specific condition; it usually indicates the need for further testing to pinpoint the cause of the hormone imbalance. Polycystic ovarian syndrome:dheas may be elevated but may also be normal as this disorder is usually related to ovariaandrogen. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a high dhea sulfate level?

What does it mean to have a high dhea sulfate level?

Context: Elevations in dheas may be seen in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome and also in patients with congenital adrenal hyperplasia ( and other adrenal dysfunction) and in patients who have early pubic hair development ( pediatric). Please speak with your doctor about your elevation to determine what the right course of action is for you. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have a high level of dhea-sulfate?

What does it mean when you have a high level of dhea-sulfate?

adrenal source: Dhea sulfate is primarily made in the adrenal glands. A significantly elevated level could indicate a problem of excess hormone secretion by the adrenal glands. It should be evaluated by an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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I have high levels of Dheas does this mean I'll have trouble getting pregnant how can I lower it?

First why elevated?: B"sd 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

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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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I am 22 years old and have normal testosterone levels, but high dhea-s. What does it mean? Thanks in advance.

I am 22 years old and have normal testosterone levels, but high dhea-s. What does it mean? Thanks in advance.

Androgen female: Testosterone and dheas are both male hormones and present in small amounts in normal women testosterone t is produced by ovary and dheas by adrenal if elevated they suggest that gland is the abnormal since dheas is weaker than t it has milder symptoms of androgen excess. ...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 if I have elevated dhea levels and normal testosterone levels?

What does it mean if I have elevated dhea levels and normal testosterone levels?

You are: Probably overweight, Insulin resistant and may have some early features of abnormal hair growth and virilization. Talk w/your doctor. You probably need weight loss and potentially medication like metformin. If your dhea level is very high, further w/u is indicated. ...Read more

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I have slightly elevated levels of DHEAS does this mean I have pcos can I still have kids?

I have slightly elevated levels of DHEAS does this mean I have pcos can I still have kids?

?: A single lab result of a slightly elevated parameter doesn't make a diagnosis, PCOS is a syndrome, meaning that several clinical and lab/radiological findings should be present together to make a diagnosis, and even having this syndrome doesn't mean you won't have kids of your own, best of luck ...Read more

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Why would I have high levels of dhea

Why would I have high levels of dhea

?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

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What can high levels of dhea sulfate do?

DHEAS---Adrenal: Dhea-sulfate test measures the amount of dhea-sulfate in the blood. Dhea-sulfate is a weak male hormone (androgen) produced by the adrenal gland in both men and women. Excessive dheas maybe found in....Adrenal carcinoma congenital adrenal hyperplasia polycystic ovary syndrome tumor of the adrenal gland. ...Read more

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My friend's age is 20.She has high levels of dhea.Can you say causes of that?Hormone level and period are regular.Is that very serious odangerous?

My friend's age is 20.She has high levels of dhea.Can you say causes of that?Hormone level and  period are regular.Is that  very serious odangerous?

Depends on levels: Dhea is the most abundant adrenal hormone. It's sulfated form is more stable. Labs are not perfect and i wonder why the level was checked in the first place. It may need to be followed and may mean nothing if she is healthy and a symptomatic, but best to have it repeated. If level is too high, more evaluation is needed. ...Read more

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I have very high levels of DHEA (480) but borderline low cortisol (3.7). Endocrinologist says PCOS. I worry about adrenal fatigue. Should I worry?

Not normal: First of all there is no such thing as "adrenal fatigue" (not a real disease or condition). With high DHEA, you could have a steroidogenic enzyme deficiency causing congenital adrenal hyperplasia. Do you have any male-pattern hair growth? Irregular or absent periods? Other steroids & steroid intermediates I would check are: 17(OH)progesterone, Androstenedione, and testosterone; others to check too ...Read more

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What does high dheas mean?

Male hormone: DHEAS is a weak androgen (male hormone) produced by your adrenal gland. Excess levels can cause abnormal hair growth and problems with ovulation. You need to discuss this with your MD. ...Read more

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Is high DHEA levels high for a women bad?

Is high DHEA levels high for a women bad?

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

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Just found out that my dhea sullfate is high at 310 what could this mean?

Labs vary: but usually the normal range is from approx.12-535 for females, so probably nothing to worry about. There are a variety of medications and medical syndromes that can lead to elevated dheas, most commonly PCOS. Discuss w/your doctor. ...Read more

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What causes high dhea sulfate levels?

DHEA: 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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Will high DHEA levels affect fertility?

Maybe: depends on high how and what is causing it. High levels may be associated with things like PCOS and Congenital adrenal hyperplasia. Both of these may cause issues that can contribute to infertility. Mild elevations may also be associated with obesity. ...Read more

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How high is dhea sulfate level considered significantly elevated? What about mild/moderate? In terms of mcg/dl?

It depends: It varies based on sex and age. Typical normal ranges for females are: ages 18 - 19: 145 - 395 ug/dl ages 20 - 29: 65 - 380 ug/dl ages 30 - 39: 45 - 270 ug/dl ages 40 - 49: 32 - 240 ug/dl ages 50 - 59: 26 - 200 ug/dl ages 60 - 69: 13 - 130 ug/dl ages 69 and older: 17 - 90 ug/dl typical normal ranges for males are: ages 18 - 19: 108 - 441 ug/dl ages 20 - 29: 280 - 640 ug/dl ages 30 - 39: 120 -. ...Read more

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Hi, I am 40 years old and my DHEA level is currently 293. Is this too high? Is it normal that I find it difficult to sleep? Thank you in advance, V

Hi, I am 40 years old and my DHEA level is currently 293. Is this too high? Is it normal that I find it difficult to sleep? Thank you in advance, V

See below: That is a normal value of DHEA. If it is associated with hypertension and elevations of other adrenal steroids, then additional evaluation may be necessary. Difficulty sleeping often reflects anxiety. Activities to relief anxiety may be of help, as is avoidance of caffeine containing drinks. In addition, OTC medications such as Zzzquil may be of help ...Read more

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What is wrong if I have a slightly elevated level of dheas?

What is wrong if I have a slightly elevated level of dheas?

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

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What could be wrong if I have a slightly elevated level of dheas?

Probably nothing: Probably nothing, in the absence of other signs/symptoms/abnormal lab results. If you're concerned, ask the doctor who ordered the test. It can go up mildly in androgen excess such as pcos. ...Read more

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Is it possible that high dhea levels be causing me to retain water and gain weight?

Is it possible that high dhea levels be causing me to retain water and gain weight?

Maybe yes: Women or girls with elevated dhea levels may have a hormonal problem that causes symptoms such as weight gain, increased body hair, acne, irregular periods, etc... A visit to the doctor for an evaluation and blood tests can tell if the hormones are out of balance. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have normal Cortizol and DHEAS, high 17 OH PRH and high androgens, low ACTH.

What is 17(OH)PRH?: Hi. I'm not sure what 17(OH)PRH refers to. There is 17(OH)progesterone and 17(OH)pregnenolone in the steroidogenic pathway. Do you mean one of them? And which "androgens" are high? Androstenedione and DHEA? It sounds to me like some sluggish steroidogenic enzyme lumped under "congenital adrenal hyperplasia" (CAH). If so, your ACTH is normal, not low (even though it may be below the "normal rage". ...Read more