DHEA may help to address the following conditions:
adrenal insufficiency
Overstressed adrenal glands no longer produce adequate levels of DHEA, resulting in slowed neurotransmitter release and deranged endocrine function. DHEA supplementation combined with other measures can give the adrenals a boost, allowing them to recover function. Although DHEA supplements are sold in amounts up to 50 mg, some physicians caution that more conservative dosages of 5 to 15 mg are safer, and often just as effective.
aging
DHEA has been called the premier "anti-aging" hormone. The hormone is at its peak in an individual's twenties, and falls to a tenth of this level by the mid-seventies. There appears to be a direct correlation between many ill health effects and low DHEA levels. The lower your DHEA levels, the more likely you are to exhibit several degenerative conditions associated with aging.
human immunodeficiency virus
Physicians who pay attention find that patients with chronic fatigue syndrome, AIDS, and other immune system disorders often have low DHEA readings. In such cases, correcting DHEA deficits can result in improved immune energy, immune function, and enhanced energy and mental clarity.
hair loss
Thinning hair in postmenopausal women may be the result of low levels of DHEA.
Alzheimer's disease
DHEA improves memory and mood in older adults, but did not reverse memory loss due to Alzheimer's disease in a 2003 study.
arthritis
DHEA reduces arthritis discomfort, perhaps because those with degenerative joint disease often have lower-than-average levels of the hormone.
thrombosis
DHEA retards formation of blood clots and has been shown to improve the cholesterol profiles of some individuals, raising HDL and lowering LDL cholesterol.
sparse body hair
Women who have lost most of the hair on their lower legs and forearms are likely to be suffering from low DHEA, and possibly low testosterone.
blood sugar disorders
DHEA supplements help counteract damage to brain and kidneys from diabetes-related high blood sugar.
brain fog
DHEA sharpens thinking in individuals whose levels were low before supplementation.
memory problems
Nursing home residents with better memory function have been found to have higher DHEA levels, and supplementation with 75 mg of DHEA daily has improved both memory and mood in older humans. In laboratory studies, DHEA improved memory in both young and old mice.
cardiovascular disease
Low DHEA levels are clearly associated with the risk of ischemic heart disease and inflammation in men. However, there are too few studies to establish the benefits of DHEA supplementation on cardiac health.
postviral fatigue syndrome
DHEA readings tend to be low in those with chronic fatigue syndrome. For those with low levels, supplementation can improve energy, reduce brain fog, and strengthen the immune system.
depression
DHEA supplements can relieve depression in individuals whose tests reveal low levels of the hormone. Low DHEA is common postpartum, in those with chronic fatigue syndrome, and in several chronic disease conditions.
diabetes
Diabetics have significantly lower-than-normal levels of DHEA and DHEAS, important precursors of reproductive hormones that are produced in the adrenals. Low DHEA is associated with rapid aging. Although DHEA supplements cannot reverse diabetes, there is evidence that restoring DHEA to normal levels in diabetics can ameliorate effects of the disease.
erectile dysfunction
Russell L. Blaylock, M.D. has speculated that some cases of diabetes-related impotence may result from the depressed DHEA and DHEA-sulfate levels common among men with Type II diabetes.
fatigue
DHEA has proven helpful in treating fatigue associated with adrenal insufficiency or burnout, lowered immunity, and depression.
cancer
DHEA has been shown effective in fighting hairy cell leukemia, and low levels are associated with t-cell leukemia and other cancers. In animal studies, DHEA has inhibited experimental tumors of the breast, colon, liver, lung and lymph Mice supplemented with DHEA had a cancer incidence of 35 percent compared to 96 percent in controls.
immune disorders
DHEA protects the immune system from cortisone and other stress-related hormones, while increasing the numbers of natural killer cells and boosting the activity of T cells.
lupus
Daily DHEA supplementation can markedly improve symptoms in women suffering from lupus.
myasthenia gravis
In studies with rats, DHEA decreased pathological changes associated with the progression of myasthenia gravis.
mood disorders
DHEA has been found in many studies to improve mood and memory - and many who use it can attest to its effectiveness in these areas.
osteoarthritis
DHEA reduces arthritis discomfort, perhaps because those with degenerative joint disease often have lower-than-average levels of the hormone.
prostate cancer
Men with prostate cancer tend to have low levels of DHEA, and there is some evidence that maintaining DHEA levels at a youthful level may protect against prostate cancer. However, DHEA may stimulate testosterone production, which is undesirable for those with existing prostate cancer. 7-Keto-DHEA does not convert to estrogen or testosterone, making it a safer choice for those at risk for prostate cancer.
reproductive disorders
DHEA and DHEAS can help to overcome low libido, impotence, and resultant infertility associated with low levels of these steroid hormones. Type II diabetics are particularly prone to low levels of DHEA and DHEAS.
male infertility
DHEA and DHEAS can help to overcome low libido, impotence and resultant infertility associated with low levels of these steroid hormones. Type II diabetics are particularly prone to low levels of DHEA and DHEAS.
overweight
DHEA appears to help some individuals lose fat, particularly abdominal fat, by reducing insulin resistance and promoting muscle mass.
 

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