HORMONES FOR MOOD DISORDERS: DEHYDROEPIANDROSTERONE AND 7-KETO DHEA Yoga poses to strengthen back Dehydroepiandrosterone DHEA, an androgen produced in the adrenal glands, tends to decline during midlife in Yoga poses to strengthen back men and women. Lower levels of DHEA have been found in depressed patients, and mood elevation has been noted in men and women given DHEA supplementation. An increase in its metabolite, DHEA-sulfate, has been associated with improvement in depression and dysthymia Bloch, Schmidt, Danaceau, Adams, & Rubinow, 1999; Wolkowitz, Reus, Keebler, Nelson, Freedland et al., 1999.
DHEA should be used with caution and only in low doses in bipolar patients because it can exacerbate mania, irritability, and aggression. Side Effects: 7-Keto DHEA has fewer side effects than DHEA DHEA is generally well tolerated. However, it can sometimes cause significant elevations in testosterone levels with symptoms of acne, oily skin, hair loss, hirsutism excess body hair, effects on the prostate, elevation of estrogen with increased risk of uterine or breast cancer, vaginal bleeding, endometrial hyperplasia, or venous thrombosis. In contrast, 7-keto DHEA does not convert to testosterone, estrogen, or progesterone and it is not associated with these side effects.
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