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What are DHEA supplements used for?

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DHEA supplements are used by some people who believe they can improve sex drive, build muscle, fight the effects of aging, and improve some health conditions. But there isn't much evidence for many of these claims. And the supplements have some risks.

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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