DHEA: A Natural Alternative to Treating Low Testosterone?

June 26, 2021

If you’ve been researching “natural” treatment options for low testosterone, you may have seen many advertisements for DHEA supplements.

Low testosterone impacts quality of life dramatically. Men with low testosterone can experience low libido, fatigue, loss of energy, depression, mood changes, erectile dysfunction, infertility, difficulty with weight loss, decrease in muscle mass, lack of motivation, decrease in mental clarity and sleep disturbances, poor bone and cardiovascular health.

As men age, testosterone slowly declines. Levels typically decrease by 1% each year beginning at the age of 40. Testosterone may be low at ages younger than 40, as well. Additionally, testosterone may drop quickly due to medical illnesses such as stroke, trauma, diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease, obesity, heart attacks or medications.

Testosterone production is fairly complex involving a myriad of factors, including the ability of the testes to produce sufficient amount of testosterone, correct brain signalizing, and a proper amount of estrogen.

So what’s the deal with DHEA?

DHEA or dehydroepiandrosterone is a steroid hormone available in supplement form. In the body, it is produced naturally by the adrenal glands. Then, DHEA is converted by the body into testosterone and other sex hormones.

Does it work to help increase testosterone levels?

Well, there’s little scientific to support that claim. Some small studies suggest DHEA MAY help to stimulate testosterone production, BUT other studies have reported the opposite. 


Don’t go rushing out to grab a DHEA supplement.

Austin Urology Institute can help clear up misconceptions, test your levels and treat appropriately if needed. Contact us to schedule a consultation with any of our providers: 512.694.8888.