To the smart ones: How does the body make its own DHEA?
- 08-18-2007, 11:49 AM
- 08-19-2007, 12:20 AM
Your body makes DHEA from Pregnenolone. Pregnenolone is made by the Cytochrome P450 SCC enzyme converting Cholesterol to Pregnenolone. HCG increases activity of this enzyme.
My experience (which may not mirror the experience of others) is that raising Test by raising LH does not stress the adrenals because the body is using its own hormone cascade mechanism to create Testosterone. On LH raising drugs (Nolvadex) and LH mimmicking drugs (HCG), my DHEA does not drop the way it does when I use exogeneous Testosterone (injection, gel, etc).
When you bring in exogeneous Testosterone, your body actually "fights" it by reducing DHEA and Pregnenolone. Unfortunately, Pregnenolone (the mother hormone) is needed for other important things like Progesterone, so keeping Pregnenlone activity optimal is very important. This is why (IMO), HCG should be a part of any TRT regimen.
- 08-19-2007, 12:24 AM
08-19-2007, 07:15 AM
500iu HCG (E3D), same days as T
I am preparing list of items for my September blood test.
Buying into your theory on HCG
what items should I check so I could
evaluate if I have proper dose of HCG.
My long test is shown on post #1
This time it is short test, currently I plan to do most of the items #40 and down as shown in post #44.
Jan's BloodTest April13/2007
Note, blood test post#1, I was on 1gram of 100mg/1gram compounded T cream that obviously did not worked.
08-19-2007, 10:08 AM
I was on TRT a long ago. I have quit TRT a year ago and as you were saying above, my DHEA was in the low range. For some reason I feel like by supplementing DHEA orally, I'm short-curcuiting my body to produce its own DHEA naturally. I like to have my body take care of its own naturally in raising its hormones including DHEA.. Am I being wrong for not supplementing with DHEA? Is it a good idea to allow my body to raise its own DHEA by following natural steps such as diet, exercise etc...??
08-19-2007, 10:17 AM
The best way to naturally increase DHEA would be to increase Pregnenolone.
Pregnenolone is made from Cholesterol, so you need adequate Cholesterol. I have low Cholesterol and one of the things that my doc has me on is Vitamin A (not the beta carotene type...the other type. Can't think of the name off the top of my head). He said in the presence of low Cholesterol, Vitamin A will help convert Cholesterol to Pregnenolone.
Still...at this point, your body will decide what to do with the Pregnenolone. It can either take the DHEA path or the Progesterone path. I am not sure how to "persuade" it to go in either direction.
08-19-2007, 10:23 AM
I would guess that if Progesterone and DHEA are adequate, it is safe to assume that their "mother" (Preg) is adequate. If that's the case, Pregnenolone's creation from Cholesterol must also be adequate. I don't think HCG alone is enough to do this in most males though. Hence, Dr John's reason for putting all his guys on Pregnenolone. Everyone is different though. Phil doesn't take Pregnenolone, but takes about 700iu per week of HCG.
08-19-2007, 10:24 AM
08-19-2007, 11:34 AM
since june 19/07 I am taking 500iu hcg E3D
Since Feb 07 I take 1gram/day compounded Pregnenolone cream, desity of 100mg/1gram
There is possiblility that some fishy stuff is going on with DHEAs.
For years I was using large amount of DHEA pills from LEF, ~350mg/day.
Meager results, using LabCorp test
DHEA Sulfate=369 ng/dL (42-290)LE’s Optimal Range: 500-640 ug/dL
Switched to preg cream in Feb2007
it is 3x over the range
is this a problem with testing, laboratories or their ranges possibly the
pregnenolone cream act as dynamo?
After I seen the results I keep using preg cream but stopped all DHEA.
can't wait for my blood test in September.
08-21-2007, 11:50 AM
This goes to show that hormones used in transdermal are far, far superiour than in pill form.
Pregnenolone cream - big boost in DHEA
DHEA pills - not much of a boost in DHEA despite taking gonzo amounts.
I would also like to note that if one can see results from transdermal preg one can assume same about T.
08-21-2007, 11:51 AM
08-21-2007, 02:50 PM
My blood test proved that this assumptions do not extends to Tcream, possibly it is about carriers that they used.
I applied both creams on my calf and then both were rubed in with the other calf (so both creams mixed in the process).
I will have another blood test soon. Since the previous test I stopped using DHEA pills, will see if I can use only preg cream and take care of DHEA and Preg at same time.
When I discovered that my TotalT fall down so much, at first I doubled the Tcream dose, was planning to wait until blood test.
Latter I decided that 2grams of Tcream and 1gram of preg was too much trouble.
I changed to Depo-T.
I also calculated my initial dose using my SHBG levels, just like I do for others from time to time.
One of the problems I had with creams or gells was preplanning of showers.
Now if something unexpected comes up, I can be out the doors within 15 minutes including shower.
I consider this big plus.
08-21-2007, 03:42 PM
08-21-2007, 04:11 PM
[QUOTE=plymouth city;966290]Supplementing oral DHEA is a form of HRT and will result in shutdown of natural production.
Are you speculating, or are you certain of that?
Dr. John has his patients refrain from taking DHEA the day before and the day of testing, either with 24-hour UA or bloodwork so that he can see what their baseline is.
08-21-2007, 07:05 PM
That said; here's my shady theory... I think it makes perfect sense to me that the body shuts down its own production of any hormone if supplemented externally. As far as DHEA is concerned, it's the same deal. And; I think once the body is shut down it will take longer than 24hr to reflect its actual natural output of the DHEA hormone.
On the other hand.... I may be wrong and don't know jack!!!
One thing I know for damn sure though is this: Messing with one's hormones is an extremely complex task; like opening a huge stinking can of worms.... It's better to keep the lid on if you can...
08-22-2007, 12:09 PM
"People younger than 30 years of age may run the risk of suppressing the body's natural production of DHEA if they take DHEA supplements" - http://www.cancer.org/docroot/ETO/co...p?sitearea=ETO
08-22-2007, 12:25 PM
08-22-2007, 12:33 PM
08-22-2007, 02:38 PM
I have a sneaking suspician that you are exactly right.
I believe that androgel uses different chemicals to allow for skin absorbtion than other t creams do.
I suspect that various compounding creams can vary.
One has to really make sure that he works with his doctor to find a reputable compounding pharmacy.
08-22-2007, 03:47 PM
08-22-2007, 04:44 PM
it comes from good pharmacy, had I smeared it in places that I can't, due to my handling of my gradson, possibly it would have worked better.
With all that, my quality of life is much better on this tiny two shots once every three days.
Plus I have much better contol of how much testosterone gets into my system.
With transdermals we use a large amounts of testosterone and only tiny (and variable) fraction gets to the blood sysyem.
With injections I know exactly what got under my skin.
We are dealing with multivariate system, any time we can remove variable we should go for it.
08-23-2007, 09:19 AM
There are certainly large differences in Test creams vs. Androgel. Androgel is an alcohol based simple carbomer gel. There is really nothing special to enhance absorbtion other than the alcohol. Creams normally lead to much better absorbtion of drug, but I'm sure there are person to person variables here. In reality, most horomones simply don't need much help getting through the skin. I work with them daily and have to cover skin, wear gloves and mask to avoid raising my own levels. That being said, there are clearly some people who simply don't get them from the skin to bloodstream well for some reason.
08-23-2007, 12:01 PM
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