Also, little is known about the effect of long-term use of DHEA. And there is some concern that continued use of DHEA supplements could be harmful.
DHEA Supplements for Health Conditions
DHEA supplements show some promise for easing mild to moderate depression. But more research is needed.
In a small, six-week study, researchers from the National Institute of Mental Health found that treatment with DHEA supplements helped relieve mild to moderate depression that occurs in some middle-aged people. DHEA may also be effective for improving aging skin in the elderly.
As for other conditions, both National Standard and the NIH say the evidence is unclear whether DHEA has any significant benefit in treating conditions such as:
- Alzheimer's disease
- Low bone density
- Heart disease
- Cervical cancer
- Myalgic encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)
- Crohn's disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Sexual dysfunction
Both agencies also say there is little evidence to support claims that DHEA has value in treating conditions such as fibromyalgia, addressing issues with memory or muscle strength, or enhancing and stimulating the immune system.
Safety of DHEA Supplements
Possible side effects of DHEA supplements can include: