February 12, 2016


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How does Dhea work?

The body normally makes DHEA. DHEA levels seem to go down as people get older. DHEA levels also seem to be lower in people with certain conditions like depression. Some researchers think that replacing DHEA with supplements might prevent some diseases and conditions.

Are there safety concerns?

DHEA seems to be safe for most people when used for just a few months. It can cause some side effects including acne, hair loss, stomach upset, and high blood pressure. Some women can have changes in menstrual cycle, facial hair growth, and a deeper voice after taking DHEA.

Do not use DHEA in doses higher than 50-100 mg a day or for a long period of time. Using higher doses or long-term use of DHEA can increase the chance of side effects.

Do not take DHEA if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You have a hormone-sensitive cancer such as breast cancer, prostate cancer, cancer of the uterus, or cancer of the ovaries.
  • You have polycystic ovary syndrome.
  • You have diabetes.
  • You have a liver disease.
  • You have depression or a mood disorder, unless you have discussed DHEA with your healthcare professional. Some people with these conditions feel worse when they take DHEA.

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