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[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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