DHEA Shown to Reverse Bone Loss

Two recent studies have shown that DHEA can help restore bone mass. In the first study (Clin Endocrinol, 2000;53:561-568) 10 women and 8 men in their 70’s were given 50 mg of DHEA daily for 6 months. At the end of this period, the bone mineral density of their total body, including the spine, increased; fat mass decreased; and fat-free mass increased.

A second one-year, double-blind, placebo-controlled study conducted in France (Family Practice News, Nov. 1, 2000:24) also found that in 70 women aged 60 to 69, those receiving DHEA had an increase in bone mineral density, while those on placebo suffered a loss.

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