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The Blood Type Diet Archives Volume 15

metabolic pathways

Posted By: Heidi A-
Date: Wednesday, 4 October 2000, at 8:26 p.m.

In Response To: Confused about Peter's DHEA explanation (Rod)

Hi rD,
I am a pharmacist and do not remember everything from my biochem classes in college, but can say that the steroid metabolic pathways in the body are extremely complex. My instinct is that supplemental DHEA is perceived by the feedback mechanisms as "extra" and therefore metabolized to other sterols, namely cortisol. This same principle holds in why athletes who abuse anabolic steroids eventually get impotence and do not become "super-male". The extra testosterone is actually converted into estradiols- feminizing hormones.

Therefore, for type A's it would be better to lower our cortisols than to take extra DHEA, lowering the cortisol will have a much better effect on our stress profile.

Dr. A'damo- please correct me if my explanaiton is not totally correct.

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