What is the most usual cause of elevated DHEA-S? My DHEA-S has been elevated for decades, and I've yet to hear a suggestion about possible causes from any of my doctors.
My ACTH is normal, if not too low, so what gives?
DHEA-S: 537 [110-370] (HIGH)
Pregnenelone: 13 [13-208] (TOO LOW)
ACTH: 12 [6-50] (RELATIVELY LOW)
Cortisol, total: 11.8 [1.8-13.6] (ELEVATED? AFTERNOON, 4 PM)
Cortisol, free: 0.44 [0.04-0.45] (ELEVATED? AFTERNOON, 4 PM)
Testosterone, total: 382 [241-827] (LOW FOR AGE)
- The elevated DHEA-S is not compensatory to the low T. Increasing T increases DHEA-S even more.
- Testicles are 100% functional. HCG and Clomid stimulation tests work like magic to increase testosterone. My body can easily make its own T, it just does not want to!
- I have very low SHBG (< 15) no matter how high T or E become. Something above is suppressing it.