DHEA can be made in the laboratory from chemicals found in wild yam and soy, but the human body cannot make DHEA from these chemicals. So simply eating wild yam or soy will not increase DHEA levels.
depression; improve the appearance of older peoples' skin; reduce vaginal dryness in older women, and improve some men's ability to achieve an erection.
There is also some evidence that DHEA can help decrease the symptoms of lupus.
Although older people sometimes try DHEA for improving thinking, it doesn't seem to work for this use.
There isn't enough information to know if DHEA is effective for the other conditions people use it for including: prevention of heart disease, breast cancer, preventing aging, and diabetes; and treatment of Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.
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