How to use Dhea in a sentence
However, DHEA is suboptimal for human use, partly because it is readily metabolized into sex steroids.
Few studies have been done about the benefits of DHEA, while there are many known risks of supplementation.
This leads many to ask, is DHEA dangerous?
This is because DHEA increases levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is a major cause of hair loss.
Women taking DHEA can experience irregularities with their menstrual cycle.Advertisement
There is some evidence that using DHEA for long periods of time may increase the risk of several cancers, including breast cancer, ovarian cancer and prostate cancer.
In men, DHEA may cause prostate enlargement.
Because it is a precursor to testosterone, DHEA may lead to increased agitation and irritability.
Women with estrogen-dependent cancers shouldn't take DHEA without consultation with their oncologist.
Those with liver disease should monitor enzyme activity carefully while taking DHEA.Advertisement
Prior to taking DHEA, both men and women should have their doctors test their DHEA levels.
Contact your personal care physician before taking DHEA.
Taking large doses of DHEA can stimulate cortisol production.
The National Institute of Aging (NIA), which is a subsidiary of the National Institute of Health has issued a statement on hormone supplementation, including supplementation of DHEA.
They further go on to say that self-medicating with over the counter hormone-like supplements, such as DHEA can be dangerous because such products are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.Advertisement
The National Institute on Aging does not recommend taking any over-the-counter hormone-like anti-aging remedies such as DHEA because the effectiveness hasn't been proven, and little is known about the long-term health risks.
With DHEA, for instance, there have been no studies of use over a term any longer than one year.
According to the NIA, there may even be negative side-effects from DHEA, even when taken for a very short term.
In the end, the NIA cautions that DHEA may cause more harm than good.
The more appropriate question may be, is DHEA dangerous for you?Advertisement
Your physician can help you to do a risk versus benefit analysis to determine the answer to whether or not you can benefit from the supplementation of DHEA.
Two of the most important fatty acids, DHEA and EPA, are also found in fish oil.
Other ingredients include DHEA, ephedrine, flaxseed oil, fucus vesiculosus, guarana, 5-HTP, L-Carnitine, lecithin, yerba mate, zinc citrate, and zinc pyruvate.