Thursday, October 19, 2006

Tests show DHEA supplement no "fountain of youth"

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from Ray Kurzweil's website

BOSTON (Reuters) - The food supplement DHEA, touted as a "fountain of youth," does nothing to slow the damaging effects of aging despite widespread claims to the contrary, researchers said in a study released on Wednesday.

Extensive federally funded tests only uncovered "minimal and inconsistent" evidence that a daily dose of 75 mg may help strengthen thinning bones.

But even that benefit was far less dramatic than what doctors can accomplish with established medicines, said the study published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

"The conclusion is very clear," chief author Sreekumaran Nair of the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, said. "There's no reason for older people to continue to take (DHEA)."

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