Sunday, May 17, 2009

DHEA improves bone density in women

In an article published in the May, 2009 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri report that women who supplemented with the hormone dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) along with calcium and vitamin D experienced a greater increase in bone density than women who received calcium and vitamin D alone.

Edward Weiss, PhD and his associates randomized 113 men and women aged 65 to 75 to receive 50 milligrams orally administered DHEA per day or a placebo for one year. For the second year of the study, all subjects received 50 milligrams DHEA while none received a placebo. All participants received a daily regimen of 700 milligrams calcium and 16 micrograms vitamin D for the duration of the trial. Bone mineral density was assessed via dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, and hormones and markers of bone metabolism were measured in blood serum at the beginning of the study and at one and two years. Continue Reading

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