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 Posted 2/17/2012 2:35:34 PM
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Hello..

This is my first posting here, so I hope that I'm in the right place for this topic..

A female friend of mine recently told me that she is taking DHEA/25mg daily as suggested by her doctor.  She says that she feels 10 years younger and overall just feels great..  Personally, I have been taking DHEA for almost 10 years (I am male and currently 57 years old..) and it has helped me on many different levels........muscle strength, resistance to pain, and ultimately more resistant to Seasonal Affective Disorder (the original reason I began taking it)..  It was my understanding that DHEA is a precursor to Testosterone..  My female friend said that it's a precursor to whatever hormone your body might be needing.........in her case Estrogen I suppose..  I also noted that there were a number of women taking DHEA on this forum..  Before suggesting this to my girlfriend, I wanted to get the full story of how DHEA affects women in general. 

I would love to hear everyone's take on the above issue of women taking this supplement.  Before talking with the friend I mentioned above, it was my impression DHEA was for men only..  It seems I was wrong!  Please fill me in on this...

Thanks in advance for all responses...!
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It's mandatory to test your levels of testosterone and estrogen.  Regular DHEA may increase estrogen, testosterone, or both.  If you're male, you will feel good with the boost in testosterone, but you won't feel so good with the increase in estrogen.  In my own situation, the increase in estrogen was dangerous and so I switched to 7-Keto DHEA many years ago.  The same goes for women--it may increase testosterone causing facial hair growth!  On the other hand, there seem to be many people who have nothing but positive effects....
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Agreed, Transpower.  DHEA doesnt't necessarily convert to what the body needs or what is desirable.

DHEA is made by both men and women and can metabolize into other hormones.  Pregnenolone is also considered a "mother hormone," that can convert to other hormones.  Both decline with age.


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hello, I have been doing some reading on the subject of taking DHEA as a supplement for anti-aging and in complement to a BHRT regime for both men and women.  Although taking DHEA is considered an excellent supplement for longevity and for balancing out hormones, it is considered one of the primary precursors to testosterone. DHEA peaks at age 25 and slips to half that level by age 50 and can be almost negligible after the age of 60. Stress depletes our natural DHEA supply. Advise a doctor before taking a DHEA supplement.. make sure your levels have been tested. Too much DHEA in women can lead to side effects such as increased sweating, oilier skin, acne or hair growth. I have read that dosages below 50 mg a day typically do not produce these unpleasant side effects.  it can be a safe and antiaging therapy for most people. However, those folks with certain types of cancer should be aware that DHEA supplementation are of a concern. Always consult with  a doctor you trust.

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Hello..

This is my first posting here, so I hope that I'm in the right place for this topic..

A female friend of mine recently told me that she is taking DHEA/25mg daily as suggested by her doctor.  She says that she feels 10 years younger and overall just feels great..  Personally, I have been taking DHEA for almost 10 years (I am male and currently 57 years old..) and it has helped me on many different levels........muscle strength, resistance to pain, and ultimately more resistant to Seasonal Affective Disorder (the original reason I began taking it)..  It was my understanding that DHEA is a precursor to Testosterone..  My female friend said that it's a precursor to whatever hormone your body might be needing.........in her case Estrogen I suppose..  I also noted that there were a number of women taking DHEA on this forum..  Before suggesting this to my girlfriend, I wanted to get the full story of how DHEA affects women in general. 

I would love to hear everyone's take on the above issue of women taking this supplement.  Before talking with the friend I mentioned above, it was my impression DHEA was for men only..  It seems I was wrong!  Please fill me in on this...

Thanks in advance for all responses...!


I wrote an article specific to women and DHEA that you may find useful:

DHEA; The Most Underrated Supplement For Women?




Have you ever noticed if a supplement, drug, etc is tried in men, and fails to work, it’s written off as being ineffective? Although improving, it’s well known that men have been the standard subjects in research, with the results often being applied to women as an afterthought.  In recent years, that situation has improved and women are viewed as the physiologically distinct people they are from men, and studies looking at specific effects in women – using women as the test subjects – has grown dramatically. That’s the good news at least. The bad news is, there’s still plenty of research out there done on men, being applied to women, sometimes to the detriment of women. Obviously, men and women are not so different that a great deal of research fails to be perfectly applicable to both sexes, but the fact remains a great deal of prior research was done looking at men, and the results, good or bad, applied to women more as an after thought.

Such is the case with DHEA in my view…

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http://www.brinkzone.com/articles/dhea-the-most-underrated-supplement-for-women/


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There is a 5 page article on DHEA on the LEF website written in 2004 that addresses many of the questions and concerns people seem to have, including use by women, with citations to several studies:

http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2004/mar2004_cover_dhea_01.htm

Page 4 gets into specifics about use by women; the general assessment is that side effects are generally progressive and reversible, so that with their onset one merely needs to dial down the dosage.

So unless research has occurred since 2004 that contradicts some of the research mentioned in that article, it would seem that taking DHEA would be of value with only avoidable pitfalls.
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