DHEA and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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People with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) often feel so tired that they cannot do even half of their normal daily activities. The feeling does not go away, even with more rest. Twice as many women as men are diagnosed with CFS, and it is more common in people over age 40. It may last a month, a couple of years, or many years. Sometimes symptoms come and go.

Although researchers are not sure what causes CFS, there are ways to manage symptoms so you can still do the things you enjoy.

One way is by using a supplement known as DHEA, a hormone produced by the body that may improve energy levels. Your body uses DHEA to make testosterone and estrogen. It is truly a hormone rather than a supplement.

DHEA levels normally decline with age. Patients often feel much better when their DHEA levels are brought to the mid-normal range consistent with a 29 year old.

As too high a level can cause acne or darkening of facial hair, it is good to have the blood levels monitored by a Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Wellness Coach. Many products have no effect on raising low blood levels (i.e., do not contain DHEA as they claim), so the brand pictured above is recommended.

For adult males above the age of 19, the recommended daily dosage of DHEA is 50 mg, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. For females above the age of 19, the recommended daily dosage is 25 mg. The center recommends that females with anorexia and adrenal insufficiency take 50 mg of the hormone daily.

Will you give DHEA a trial to see if it improves your energy levels?

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