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i've been thinking about DHEA lately as there are some recent posts on this board on the subject - mostly supporting it and some great success stories. but i found this on the yahoo immune board, from a FAQ with dr beer from 2005. ok, so its old. but interesting that he thinks DHEA is so bad, isn't it? i wonder what, if anything, has changed in the last few years and sadly he has passed away, so we can't ask him for an updated opinion.
> > I just recently learned about DHEA and cortisol levels. It seems
> > there
> > is a lot of hype and negative information out there on both
> > but
> > I'd love to hear his opinion on these body functions, possible
> > conditions, and treatments.
> > Answer: Elevated DHEA levels can be as effective in women as the
> > in preventing pregnancy and even ovulation.
> > Question: How do DHEA and cortisol levels corelate to pregnancy
> > success or recurrent pregnancy loss? How do adrenal disfunctions
> > affect a woman's body and pregnancy outcomes (such as Addison's
> > disease)?
> > Answer: DHEA is the precursor of Estrone, Testosterone and
> > Each of these latter hormones can prevent pregnancy. DHEA unlike
> > cortisol can be produced by the ovarian follicle and the adrenal
> > gland and your doctor must find out where it is coming from. The
> > treatment is totally different. DHEA should be measured in all
> > patients with infertility or pregnancy losses. In my experience
> > also can produce new fat cells and new fat cells store Estrone
> > further making ovulation less efficient. I urge all patients to
> > exercise, trim some weight and measure DHEA and estrone in
> > to the tests that most doctors recommend.
> > Question: What kind of symptoms would she exhibit that might urge
> > to get tested?
> > Answer: New weight gain on the thighs, hips and butt. Fullness or
> > fatness in the face and belly. Ruddy complexion over the cheeks
> > forehead.
> > Question: What kinds of tests can you recommend to check for
> > conditions?
> > Answer: See above.
> > Question: I've read about saliva and blood tests, but am
> > about saliva test accuracy.
> > Answer: I cannot comment on the saliva tests. I can on the blood
> > tests and these are very accurate done at any time during the
> > Question: What is considered detrimental-- if levels are too high
> > too low?
> > Answer: Too low, rejoice. Too high seek treatment.
> > Question: And what are "healthy" level ranges for women trying to
> > conceive?
> > Answer: The levels vary with the laboratories doing the testing.
> > should be mid range or low in women and levels vary with age.
> > Question: If therapies are needed, what do you recommend?
> > Answer: The treatment depends on where the DHEA is produced. If
> > the adrenals then treatment with an adrenal suppressant such as
> > prednisone is needed. If the production is in the ovary they
> > therapies are effective and the ovary is easier to treat than is
> > adrenal origin.
> > Alan E Beer, MD