7-Keto-DHEA - Glossary


7-Keto-DHEA is an acetylated form of a DHEA metabolite (7-oxo-DHEA) used in a number of weight loss supplements.  Unlike DHEA, it cannot be converted to androgens (i.e., testosterone) or estrogens. 

Several studies in humans indicate that 7-Keto-DHEA can modestly increase RMR and enhance weight/fat loss when taken in conjunction with a structured diet and exercise program.  Studies in rats have shown 7-keto may work by increasing levels of thermogenic enzymes.  It may also help reduce cortisol (stress hormone) levels.

Also known as 3-acetyl-7-keto-DHEA and 3-acetyl-7-oxo-dehydroepiandosterone.

Author: elissa

Elissa is a former research associate with the University of California at Davis, and the author/co-author of over a dozen articles published in scientific journals. Currently a freelance writer and researcher, Elissa brings her multidisciplinary education and training to her writing on nutrition and supplements.

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