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DHEA Side Effects and DHEA Benefits

DHEA Side Effects - Should You Worry?

Any type of androgen type of supplement can cause various adverse side effects, and DHEA is not different. Despite what you might read else where telling you there are few DHEA side effects, I caution to get your facts straight - even the information you read on my website; however, I do my best to provide accurate and unbiased information and reviews.

If you read our DHEA supplement information article, you'll know that DHEA is an androgen, and is 2 steps from testosterone. DHEA converts into Androstenedione and Androstenediol, and it can also convert into estrogen.

Side Effects of DHEA and DHEA Danger

Although DHEA lacks long term research to document its side effects, this doesn't mean it has none. Far from it. Below is a quick list of possible DHEA side effects and DHEA "danger".

  • Like any and all androgenic steroid, DHEA can cause hair loss, especially in men. DHEA tends to increases levels of DHT (dihydrotestosterone), along with testosterone, and DHT is a main cause in hair loss.
  • DHEA use can lead to acne problems, as most of you probably know that testosterone can cause acne problem among others.
  • DHEA can lead to menstrual irregularities in women. It can also accelerate facial hair growth, and deepen voice.
  • DHEA can convert to estrogen and this can lead to unwanted "feminine" characteristics in men.
  • Long term use of DHEA can increase risk for breast cancer, ovary cancer, and prostate cancer.
  • DHEA can also lead to prostate enlargement.
  • Other DHEA side effects include irritability, and restlessness

DHEA Benefits

Despite the possible side effects of DHEA, it's not without benefits - otherwise, there wouldn't be a market for DHEA. As our DHEA supplement information article have mentioned, recent DHEA research have little support for DHEA's effectiveness to increase lean body mass and burn fat; however when used in older patients, it did significantly improve their overall well being.

The major reason is that DHEA decreases with age, and can decrease up to 90% when you get old. By supplementing DHEA, older subjects experience a increase in the level of DHEA leading to physical conditions.

Some DHEA benefits include:

  • "Promote weight loss and muscle gain" as claimed mainly by the manufacturers and distributors; however very few case studies have shown this to be true - so be cautious
  • "DHEA can also help increase metabolism" - this claim also comes from the manufacturers. Again, there's little evidence to prove this
  • DHEA can lead to increase in libido and sex drive since DHEA does stimulate increase in levels of sex hormones
  • It can help improve your overall sense of well-being

Recommended DHEA doses range from 50 to 100mg per day. Most DHEA products contain either 50mg or 100mg of DHEA, and you shouldn't take more than 100mg per day. Also, long term use of DHEA is not recommended as it does effect your level of hormones. Your best choice is to cycle DHEA like you would cycle any other prohormone.