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high DHEA/low testosterone
Posted by: Shana Reid
Date: March 3, 2002 8:46 PM

I am a 31 year old woman. I am hypothyroid and currently taking 2.5 grains of Armour. Back in October of last year I was tested for DHEA and testosterone. My DHEA levels were 308 ug/dl. The lab range for my age was 45-270. My testosterone was 32 ng/dl (14-76). My free testosterone was 0.6 pg/ml. The range for my age was 0.8-3.0. I am seeing a new doctor who is convinced I have adrenal insufficiency. From all that I've read I would agree. He has me taking 25mg of DHEA. My question is should I be taking that if my DHEA levels are high. The doctor said that those tests are unreliable and that levels vary during the day. Is it normal for my testosterone to be low and DHEA to be high? I thought DHEA was a precursor to testosterone. Any advice? Maybe I should try a raw adrenal extract instead.

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at August 19, 2008 2:15 PM by Dr. Kennedy.

RE: high DHEA/low testosterone
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: March 4, 2002 3:39 PM

You can't possibly know what to do regarding therapy until you have the results of a test which tells the full story. Apparently you and your doc are not there yet. Your doc is right about blood and saliva tests. They are mere snapshots when what you want is the entire movie. The way to get the movie is a 24 hour urine analysis for whatever hormones you are interested in. This tells you how much you actually make in 24 hours. My opnion is that 25 mg. DHEA is always far too much for a woman. It risks masculinizing effects such as growth of facial hair.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at August 19, 2008 2:10 PM by Dr. Kennedy.

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