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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Dehyroepiandrosterone (DHEA)
Benefits of DHEA
Answer: Itís not clear yet. It is given in many studies of cancer patients, AIDS patients, etc. It has improved the sense of well being, but had minimal impact on measurable disease indexes. Also, itís touted as a drug to increase longevity (based on mouse studies only). It is found in high levels in patients with minimal cardiovascular disease. However, itís unclear if high levels are just a marker or the cause of this benefit. To date, the research hasn't demonstrated dramatic changes with this drug (popular press to the contrary).
Answer: Nothing new recently. The usual-occasional gynecomastia in males, male pattern balding in some women, acne, hirsutism, change in women's voices. There is concern about stimulating prostate cancer(unclear).