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[QUOTE=suz9601]What can be done to lower DHEA levels? Mine are very high, that could be why I dont have any cortisol. It lowers it right? Just wondered if you knew of anything to lower it, or why it goes high?[/QUOTE]

The hormone ATCH controls both the DHEA and cortisol levels. The fact you have high DHEA and low corisol is not normal. You need to investigate the cause of the excess DHEA. There are several possibilities including several cancers, so you shouldn't be fooling around taking things to mask the problem.
Get to your doctor and find out what's going on.
[QUOTE]DHEA output is normally controlled by the pitutiary. It puts out ATCH which stimulates both cortisol and DHEA output from a small area above the kidneys. Those two hormones normally rise and fall together.
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Um, er, I DID know that. Guess my memory really IS shot! Thanks. Do you know if ACTH is the only regulation? There's no feedback from DHEA levels, right? So if DHEA is high or low (relative to cortisol) there's no corrective action?

That would mean that adding glucocorticoids would actually [I]depress[/I] DHEA by shutting down CRH/ACTH/DHEA, right?

Further implying that taking prednisone for asthma, say, would induce a DHEA deficiency?

Hmm. Never thought through this chain before -- or I'd have remembered the first part.

Thanks! (But now I have even more questions :confused:)
[QUOTE=rwk] Do you know if ACTH is the only regulation? There's no feedback from DHEA levels, right? So if DHEA is high or low (relative to cortisol) there's no corrective action? That would mean that adding glucocorticoids would actually [I]depress[/I] DHEA by shutting down CRH/ACTH/DHEA, right? Further implying that taking prednisone for asthma, say, would induce a DHEA deficiency?
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Yep, you got it right. DHEA does not have a feedback loop, the body seems to rely on cortisol for that. And yes, taking prednisone will cut off your DHEA supply and produce a deficiency.





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