When I hear products being brandished as anti-aging, I can’t help but shake my head. As if it’s possible to stop time and remain young forever. As if there’s a magic elixir that will keep you living forever and ever. “The age-defying benefits help you to look and feel your best”. Yeah, right.
Well, wrong. A two-year clinical study demonstrated that a dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), a compound popularly sold as an antiaging supplement over the past several years, just doesn’t work.
“For almost two years we restored DHEA in older men and women to the high normal levels that are usually observed in young people, but found no beneficial effects on age-related changes in body composition and function,” Dr. Nair says. “No beneficial effects on quality of life were observed. There’s no evidence based on this study that DHEA has an antiaging effect.”
If you’d like to take a closer look at the data, the results have been published in the latest issue of The New England Journal of Medicine. In the accompanying editorial, Aging and Fountain-of-Youth Hormones, it was suggested that DHEA be treated as a regulated drug and not as a dietary supplement.
Somehow, all these should not come as a surprise. The NIH has already released warnings almost a decade ago. Still, DHEA hormone supplements are being sold and obviously there are still lots falling for it.
What is it anyway that makes people seek eternal youth? Vanity?