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  • <h4 class="dechead">On One Hand: High Doses of DHEA

    DHEA, or dehydroepiandrosterone, is a hormone produced by the adrenal gland. DHEA evolves into androgens and estrogens, the male and female sex hormones. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) says there is evidence DHEA can be effective in the treatment of depression, systemic lupus and adrenal deficiencies. According to the NIH, doses of 25 to 200 milligrams per day are common for people over age 18, and doses of 200 to 500 mg per day are used in studies concerning depression in AIDS patients. DHEA is not advised for children under 18.

    On the Other: Low Doses of DHEA

    The University of Maryland Medical Center takes a more conservative approach. It recommends DHEA not be used by people under age 40 unless a low level in the body has been medically diagnosed. If a need for DHEA is medically determined, doses of 50 mg per day for men and 25 mg per day for women are recommended. It is suggested DHEA be taken in the morning to mimic the body's natural production of the hormone.

    Bottom Line

    Follow your doctor's advice. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, the ideal situation is the lowest dose that accomplishes the desired therapeutic effect. It suggests that doses as low as 5 mg per day can be effective.

    Source:

    National Institutes of Health

    University of Maryland Medical Center

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