Other facts about DHEA:
- DHEA stands for DeHydroEpiAndrosterone
- It is produced by the adrenal glands
- It is made from cholesterol (yes, cholesterol is a necessary part of our body)
- It is both a steroid and a hormone
- It has both female hormone activity and male hormone activity
- It is used by the body to produce estrogen (female) and testosterone (male)
- It is the most abundant hormone in the human body
- Many lupus patients have lower than normal DHEA levels. This is what started the research to use it for treatment
- The prescription form of DHEA goes by the brand name Prasterone. The FDA would not approve its use for lupus due to the clinical trials not being strong enough to support FDA-approval.
Thanks to Kelli Roseta of More Than Lupus for publishing "Ask Dr. T"
Don Thomas, MD
Note that Dr. Thomas' posts are for informational purposes only, and are not meant to be specific medical advice for individuals. Always seek the advice of your healthcare provider with any questions regarding your own medical situation.
DONALD THOMAS, MD