Osteoporosis causes 9 million bone fractures a year. In fact, one third of women over age 50 and 20% of men over age 50 will have a bone fracture this year. According to research done by Dr. Edward Weise at Saint Louis University’s Doisy College of Health Sciences, taking a DHEA supplement when calcium and vitamin D levels are maintained at normal levels allows improvements in spinal bone density.  Dr. Weise says “In addition to its beneficial effects on bone, DHEA replacement may have other benefits including improvements in risk factors for diabetes and heart disease, improvements in immune function, and improvements in psychological health,” In another study published by Catherine Jankowski, Gozasky, Schwartz, et al, administration of DHEA to elderly individuals with low DHEA-S levels improved hip Bone Marrow Density (BMD) in men and women and lumbar BMD in women. The study involved 70 women and 70 men (60-88 years). Consequently, correcting DHEA deficiency might help prevent osteoporosis fractures. A link to the article by Dr. Jankowski, et al entitled “Effects of Dehydroepiandrosterone Replacement Therapy on Bone Mineral Density in Older Adults: A randomized controlled trial” from the Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism is provided here www.jcem.endojournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/91/8/2986 In humans   Read more…