7-keto DHEA is a slightly different form of the DHEA molecule and should not be confused with DHEA. The human body produces both DHEA and 7-Keto DHEA. The 7-Keto DHEA form is a naturally occurring breakdown product of DHEA. DHEA has received a lot of attention for its potential ability to slow the aging process but it does also have some negative side effects. Some researchers believe that 7-keto DHEA may provide all the benefits of DHEA without theses side effects of DHEA. Because 7-keto DHEA cannot trigger potentially dangerous levels of estrogen and testosterone in the body, which can occur in some patients who use DHEA, 7-Keto DHEA is thought to be a safer alternative. If DHEA is used it should be used under a doctors care to monitor blood levels. 7-Keto DHEA should also be used under a doctors direction.
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