Discussion in 'Hair Loss Causes' started by missy33, Jan 25, 2010.

  1. missy33

    missy33 New Member

    I'm new to this site- and have posted a few other comments and read alot of everyone's comments- but I have found very few people who have elevated DHEAS. I was told by my derm, endo and gyno that this could be causing my hair loss- does anyone else out their have the same problem? I was on birth control for 8 years- went off it and about a little over a year later I noticed the shedding. I just got back on birth control after 6 months of torture- not sure if it will help. But I'm just looking for someone with a similar problem so I can see how they dealth with it.
  2. hope99

    hope99 New Member


    3 blood tests in the past two years show that my DHEA-s is at the upper limit, 1 time it was slightly over it. One endocrinologist told me that this cannot be the only reason for my hair loss because if only one unbalanced hormone is causing it it should be significantly above the limits. I'm not sure whether to believe this because I think these results indicate the role of DHEA-s in my hair problem. I guess it is related to some other hormones that are at the borderline like my TSH showling slightly underactive thyroid. Further my testosterone is in the limits but still at the higher end. Further a gynecologist told me that my female hormones were not completely in order too - she suspects that I do not ovulate every month but she wanted me to make the blood test from the 1st untill the 3rd day of my period to make a conclusion which I did not do until now. So my answer for you is that all the hormones are connected and I don't believe you should look for the reason only at the DHEA-s level but on the levels of all the other hormones involved, see http://www.hairsite.com/hair-loss-info/blood-exam-women.htm for a good list of them.

    Still elevated DHEA-s is considered an indicator for AGA from what I've read. How high is your DHEA-s and what are the ranges?
  3. missy33

    missy33 New Member

    My derm told me that the normal range for DHEA-S for people my age is 200something (can't remember the low number) to 340 and mine is 371. I've been told all my other hormone levels are normal and I've had my TSH tested twice- that was also normal. What about you? What are you doing to treat it? Thanks for your answers!
  4. newbs

    newbs New Member

    high dheas


    What is your dhea level/
    I have normal dheas but extremely high dhea. normal for me should be 50 to 350 and mine ranges from 600 to 1200, but my dheas is always normal. I have seen so many doctors and none have an answer as to why. I have had so many labs, cat scan etc. Have hair loss for just over 2.5 years , diffuse, and extremely heavy starting in May, through summer. Slows down in winter, then come May, Bam. Also itchy burny tight scalp, and now my nails are pitted with those fine vertical lines.
  5. missy33

    missy33 New Member

    Not sure what my dhea level is- I was told that all my other hormone levels besides the DHEA-s are normal. This might be a stupid question- but how is AGA specifically diagnosed? Is it based on the hormones, scalp biospy? I have never been told I have that specific diagnosis- but I'm sure I do.
    What do your doctor's suggest you do to help with your hair loss?
  6. Julia David

    Julia David Member

    DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is an endogenous hormone (made in the human body) secreted by the adrenal gland. DHEA serves as precursor to male and female sex hormones (androgens and estrogens). DHEA levels in the body begin to decrease after age 30, and are reported to be low in some people with anorexia, end-stage kidney disease, type 2 diabetes (non-insulin dependent diabetes), AIDS, adrenal insufficiency, and in the critically ill. DHEA levels may also be depleted by a number of drugs, including insulin, corticosteroids, opiates, and danazol.

    There is sufficient evidence supporting the use of DHEA in the treatment of adrenal insufficiency, depression, induction of labor, and systemic lupus erythematosus.

    There is a lack of available studies on the long-term effects of DHEA. However, DHEA may cause higher than normal levels of androgens and estrogens in the body, and theoretically may increase the risk of prostate, breast, ovarian, and other hormone-sensitive cancers. Therefore, it is not recommended for regular use without supervision by a licensed healthcare professional.