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My son is 23 yrs old , is 6' 2" and has gained weight in the last 6 months, since he has been home from college. He now weighs between 180 to 200 lbs. He has always been tall and thin, and is always hungry. His endo believes prednisone is the best medication for addisons, and also has told me his dosage is correct for someone who doesn't produce any cortisol.
Thanks for your reply,

Anyone with Addison's like your son should be taking DHEA as well because once the adrenals are shut down by taking replacement cortisol this important hormone is also cut off. DHEA is related to immune function, lung function, exercise capacity and sexuality. DHEA is always high in young people so his levels should have been quite high.

Make sure you get a brand of DHEA that is verified by gas chromatography to contain DHEA because some don't have as much as they say.
[QUOTE=WandaB]get your son's DHEA level checked before starting a replacement so they can keep an eye on the level. Important to keep it within the range. This will also tell you if the brand he is taking is one that actually works. Some don't.[/QUOTE]

Actually if you take replacement doses of prednisone or hydrocortisone then your body doesn't produce ATCH and can't make cortisol or DHEA. There is no need to get your levels checked on replacement doses, because your DHEA is guaranteed to be zero.

It is very important to monitor DHEA levels to keep the within range, especially for women because both high and low levels of DHEA are associated with increase risk of mortality. But for men, only low DHEA is associated with premature mortality.

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