Who should not use DHEA?

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DHEA, a hormone also known as dehydroepiandrosterone, should not be used by children or by women who are pregnant or nursing. DHEA is also not recommended for anyone who has hormone-related cancers like breast, ovarian, uterine or prostate cancers. DHEA is not recommended for persons who have serious cardiovascular disease, liver disease or other critical illnesses that would best benefit from proven treatment options. Do not use DHEA if you are using insulin, as it may interfere with production or function of insulin in the body. DHEA is considered a muscle enhancer and should not be taken by an Olympic athlete.