32yo woman w/ elevated dhea level. Didnt like spironalactone. Am 5'2" 177 lbs. Not polycystic ovaries. Will losing lbs. Help? Any natural remedies?
Need a diagnosis. An elevated dhea is a marker for more than just polycystic ovary syndrome. Your doctor may need to rule out another condition called, non-classical congenital adrenal hyperplasia (cah). Depending on the cause of the elevation in dhea, treatment may be different.
DHEA. You have elevated dhea, but dheas is a better androgen to test. Is the free testosterone panel normal? Do your cycles come regularly? Diagnosis of pcos required increased androgens +, irregular cycles? And polycystic ovaries-you need a transvaginal ultrasound. Often elevated dhea or dheas is associated with Insulin resistance. Diet, exercise and metformin can help.
Yes. Losing weight will definitely help. Also, make sure it was a dhea-s rather than dhea level. The former is more stable and can be used to follow while the dhea lab (without the s at the end) will fluctuate widely throughout the day and can't be used to diagnose or follow your problem.