DHEA and IGF-1

By | February 25, 2008

DHEA has long been an established item on many an athlete’s menu. And like the bad press that HGH enjoys, DHEA has not gone unscathed, but somehow, it still maintains its popularity amongst the health/body conscious group. But is there any basis in some findings that claim DHEA is virtually “useless” to the body? The debate has been going on for a long time actually.

People take DHEA for almost the same reasons as HGH. These include weight control, muscle building, immune system enhancement, and in treating impotence. And with most issues in medical science, for every finding that claims DHEA is useless, there are other findings that claim otherwise.

The fact is, DHEA levels decline with increased age, just like HGH. The link between aging and DHEA is quite obvious, but research has not been as conclusive as I would have hoped.

Nonetheless, many researchers agree that DHEA positively influences IGF-1 levels. It is possible that the anti aging effects of DHEA are mostly due to the increased IGF-1 levels. By restoring DHEA levels, some scientists believe it may stimulate the liver to produce more IGF-1, and more HGH receptors.

Side effects of too much DHEA?

Overdosing on DHEA via supplements (7 keto DHEA) may suppress the body’s ability to produce the hormone naturally. This same principle also applies to HGH as well. The body may get conditioned not to produce the hormones on its own.

Also, too much DHEA is believed to cause heart palpitation problems, and in some cases, acne and hair loss.

It is important to cycle. That means if you take DHEA, take it for a few days at a time only – and then stop for a few days. Doing this will help to prevent your body from becoming reliant on outside “help” in producing its hormones.

The best course is moderation. DHEA is a steroid based hormone, and with hormones, you are dealing with powerful substances that can affect the body for good or bad. In the context of its relationship to IGF-1, there may be a good case for DHEA in an anti aging role.