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DHEA may preserve bone mineral density and improve fat-free muscle mass

As the body ages, androgens and estrogens decrease, triggering lower bone mineral density and muscle mass.

Doctors reviewed four DHEA studies covering 585 men and women, aged 55 to 85, who were not using sex hormone therapy. Overall, women taking DHEA saw increases in bone mineral density in the lumbar spine, total hip, and trochanter femur joint at the hip.

Also, women gained an average 1.1 pounds of fat-free (muscle) mass, while men saw about a 1-pound decrease in fat mass. Doses in the studies ranged from 50 mg to 75 mg of DHEA per day, and lasted from 12 to 24 months.

 

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