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Sunday, January 31, 2010

DHEA for Health

The use of DHEA for health is a somewhat controversial topic, but one thing is clear: There is much more to be learned about this substance. Some thought it was simply a feel-good hormone. Some experienced nothing when using it. Others felt their mood brighten and a surge of energy. The risks of overuse are not clearly defined but might include substantial mutations of various organs, such as the prostate. But with proper balancing of hormones, such risks might be avoided. A number of popular books about this supplement are available, including one by Ray Sahelian, M.D.

When DHEA levels are higher there is less mortality from all causes.3

  1. DHEA: A Practical Guide by Ray Sahelian. Avery: 1996.
  2. DHEA: The Youth and Health Hormone by C. Shealy. McGraw-Hill 1999. 
  3. N Engl J Med. 1986 Dec 11;315(24):1519-24. A prospective study of dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate, mortality, and cardiovascular disease. Barrett-Connor E, Khaw KT, Yen SS. 
  4. 1999. Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA): biochemical, physiological and clinical aspects. Mohammed Y. Kalimi, William Regelson. This book reviews and summarizes research articles and studies on DHEA up to 1999.

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