DHEA gets broken down in the body into estrogen and testosterone, it is a safe and gentle way of increasing testosterone levels. Because DHEA can increase estrogen levels, this needs to be factored in when estrogen replacement is also taken.
There have been problems for women on estrogen replacement who then start DHEA getting too much estrogen. Your Winona physician takes the DHEA estrogen contribution into consideration when choosing the correct estrogen dose. This allows DHEA and estrogen replacement to safely be used together.
The DHEA is very safe at 50 mg per day or less. There have been problems with DHEA at the massive dosages that people use in the bodybuilding community. We have found that 25 mg is an effective dose for most women but will go to 50 mg if needed. We never prescribe above 50 mg.
There are some very good studies that show DHEA can decrease BMI while maintaining and even improving lean muscle mass. DHEA has also been shown to reduce visceral fat in peri- and menopausal women. This is not a cure all, diet and exercise is also important, but the studies show it helps more than diet and exercise alone.