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Posted by Polkahero (Member # 37841) on :
 
My DHEA hormone levels keep coming back higher than normal. A.M. Cortisol was in the higher end of normal range. My LLMD ordered an abdominal ultrasound to check for a mass on my adrenals. It showed nothing wrong.

Does anyone know what might be causing my DHEA levels to be high? Apparently I'm not in adrenal fatigue so what gives? Stess? Pituitary disfunction? Are there any other tests I should have my doctor order?
 
Posted by fourwinds (Member # 14114) on :
 
This Dr. always has good information ..... Also interesting is the last sentence: "Also, the
number one cause of high DHEA is supplementation. Make sure that you are not on that when being tested."

Perhaps this will help? It's about halfway down the page:

http://tinyurl.com/9qolpkc

"Depending on the stage of adrenal fatigue and on the person, the DHEA level can increase while adrenal fatigue is in progress. That is totally

compatible. A high DHEA is indicative of an active adrenal gland, and your doctor's concern is correct to make sure there is no tumor that is

causing excessive DHEA secretion. From the adrenal fatigue perspective, DHEA must be viewed in conjunction with total cortisol. The purpose

is to ascertain the degree of catabolic activity which is what causes the actual symptoms of adrenal fatigue. If the total cortisol to DHEA

ratio is high, then there is excessive cortisol relative to DHEA. DHEA is an anabolic hormone (build up hormone) while cortisol is a catabolic

hormone (breakdown tissues). DHEA by itself in the adrenal context has little meaning. Also, the

number one cause of high DHEA is supplementation. Make sure that you are not on that when being tested."
 
Posted by Polkahero (Member # 37841) on :
 
Thanks, I was supplementing earlier this year but went off between tests and yet it came back higher.
 


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