DHEA The Potential Cancer Fighter

nursejudyCancer is very much a disease of aging; it is no coincidence that cancer usually strikes when we are older. Some scientists now believe that a person's risk of cancer may be correlated with the level of DHEA or DHEA-S, which is the form of DHEA that is found in the bloodstream. 

DHEA production can drop as much as 95% during a persons lifetime.  Interestingly enough young people rarely get cancer, and it now appears that DHEA can help protect against the growth of cancer in our bodies. An interesting study done by Dr. Daynes showed that when he implanted cancerous tumors into elderly mice with high DHEA, they were actually able to fend off the cancer.

Cancer studies have shown that women with breast cancer and ovarian cancer have extremely low levels of DHEA. Subsequent animal studies by Schwartz of breast-cancer prone mice showed that “the control animals where getting cancer left and right… while the DHEA animals had no tumors…Whenever DHEA has been tested in a model of carcinogensis and tumor induction, DHEA has preventative effects.” Dr Schwartz and his colleagues have documented DHEA's cancer fighting power in hundreds of other animal studies.

DHEA also appears to inhibit the growth of Prostate Cancer. Physicians at Humboldt University Medical School in Berlin, Germany, found that DHEA levels in patients with prostate cancer were significantly lower than healthy controls. DHEA inhibits growth of both human and rat prostate cancer cells in a dose-dependent manner.

In Dr. Ray Sahelian's  DHEA: A Practical Guide he describes a variety of ways in which DHEA could prevent and possibly fight cancer. In one small study, scientists found that DHEA increased the activity of lymphocytes, which are natural killer cells that help find and destroy viruses, but it appears that they also attact abnormal cells that may turn cancerous.

Although DHEA is now beginning to be tested in human cancer, it is still to early to know whether the success achieved in animals will be realized in humans. In some animal studies DHEA has been reported to actually stimulate the growth of tumors, making its use in cancer uncertain at the moment. In analyzing the studies, DHEA appears to thwart off cancer in its earliest stages by inhibiting an enzyme called G6PDH. When aloud to increase uncontrolled, G6PDH stimulates another chemical NADPH, causing a chemical reaction that quite possibly converts dormant carcinogens into very active ones. In other words, DHEA may protect us from developing cancer but may even be harmful once it has already begun to develop. Other studies have explored the role of DHEA in preventing urinary, colon and lung cancer.



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