Study Proves DHEA is Ineffective ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Study Proves DHEA is Ineffective

A joint study carried out by researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and the University of Padua in Italy has revealed that contrary to popular belief, widely-used steroid DHEA does not have anti-aging benefits. In the study carried out over two years, researchers observed 57 women and 87 men aged 60 and over. The women were given daily doses of DHEA and identical fake pills, while the men were given real or fake DHEA, in addition to a testosterone skin patch or a placebo patch. Researchers did not see any improvement in the participants' strength, physical performance, or other measures of health as a result of taking DHEA. Research head Dr. K. Sreekumaran Nair of the Mayo Clinic says, "I don't think there's any case for administering these." The findings are corroborated by past research: A French study in 2000 concluded that the only benefit in taking DHEA supplements was an increase in female libido, while a Dutch study this year (06) stated there was no benefit at all in taking DHEA for men over 70. DHEA supplement sales hit $50 million last year in the US. Dr. Paul Stewart of England's University of Birmingham says, "Without a reversal of the current US legislation, DHEA is likely to continue to be used inappropriately, and quackery will prevail."

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