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How effective are DHEA supplements for health conditions?

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Both National Standard and the National Institutes of Health say the evidence is unclear whether DHEA has any significant benefit in treating conditions such as:

Both agencies also say there is little evidence to support claims that DHEA has value in treating conditions such as fibromyalgia, addressing issues with memory or muscle strength, or enhancing and stimulating the immune system.

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Low bone density
  • Heart disease
  • Cervical cancer
  • Myalgic encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)
  • Crohn's disease
  • Infertility
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sexual dysfunction

From: DHEA Supplements WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus: "DHEA."

National Institute on Aging: "Can We Prevent Aging?"

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Menopausal Symptoms and Complementary Health Practices."

Mayo Clinic: "DHEA."

Vanderbilt University Psychology Department: "DHEA."

The Hormone Foundation: "Supplements, Steroid Precursors, and Adolescent Health."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 11, 2019

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus: "DHEA."

National Institute on Aging: "Can We Prevent Aging?"

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Menopausal Symptoms and Complementary Health Practices."

Mayo Clinic: "DHEA."

Vanderbilt University Psychology Department: "DHEA."

The Hormone Foundation: "Supplements, Steroid Precursors, and Adolescent Health."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 11, 2019

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