Should you take DHEA or not?

DHEA is an over the counter supplement touted for health and anti-aging benefits, but what does it do?

10 DHEA facts:

1. DHEA is a precursor to testosterone and estrogen. It is not a potent muscle building or anabolic agents that are illegal.

2. DHEA for women can help balance estrogen to testosterone. DHEA increases testosterone a tiny bit, still always in normal ranges, but can also convert to estrogen. 

3. DHEA decreases with age, so if you're over 40, take a blood test to see your level before deciding to adding exogenous DHEA.

4. DHEA is considered a fountain of youth: it can improve bone density as well as balancing cortisol.

5. DHEA supplementation in men do not help with increasing testosterone, since DHEA seems to convert to estrogen more in men.

6. DHEA can increase acne, induce hair loss in women, so be careful.

7. DHEA can increase your libido and improve sexual dysfunction in women

8. In hypothyroid patients, DHEA is often low, so if you have hypothyroid or hashimotos, consider a lab test to check.

9. DHEA is not very potent, I would consider it more of an adaptogen than a hormone.

10. DHEA in elderly can improve cognitive function.

Conclusion, whatever you decide to do, please check your baseline DHEA levels before supplementing.

If you have liver disease, perhaps go to a compound pharmacy for a sublingual tablet. Sublingual hormones are about 3 times more potent than an oral tablet, so be careful with dosing!