Re: New to the Board
I think that DHEA replacement is usually only given to women (I may be wrong) cos its a hormone produced in the adrenal gland, but men also produce some of it in the testes so theoretically you are still producing at least some. It has input in the production of other hormones and while noone knows exactly how it works and I think some doctors are skeptical, people who have tried it have claimed to have more energy and just a general increase in sense of wellbeing. My doc said I could try it if I wanted and it was up to me, so I said I would trial it for three months.
As to foods, theres the obvious - high salt (esp. in hot weather), lots of fluids, and minimal potassium (bananas, dried fruit, avocados) and there some more unexpected suggestions. Licorice is an interesting one because it actually acts in a similar way to hydrocortisone and fludrocortisone which reduces the workload on adrenal glands and perhaps could be used to reduce the pill dose if used correctly. However, i think it can be quite bad for you in high doses. High protein is good - nuts, dairy, oily fish (tuna, salmon - provide omega 3 and protein), legumes. Calcium to reduce risk of osteoporosis caused by long term steroid replacement. Dairy may also reduce anxiety etc so before bed might be a good time to have them to help sleep which can be delayed from having a hydrocortisone dose at bedtime (I had to get rid of that dose cos I couldnt sleep). Complex carbs - help keep sugar levels up throughout the day as we are at risk of hypoglycaemia (so whole grain cereals and breads instead of refined/white breads, long grain brown rice, quinoa, and air popped popcorn). Lots of fresh fruit and veges - fibre and sugar and general immunity as they are rich in antioxidants (particularly berries, citrus fruits, red grapes, kiwifruit, mangoes, papaya, tomatos, leafy greens, brocolli, brussel sprouts, bell peppers, carrots, sweet potato, and winter squash). In terms of supplements I've seen recommended are the multi-vits, calcium and vit D (for osteoporosis), and natural plant based rememedies such as ginseng and siberian root or something like that. Though they say that supplements should not be necessary if diet is good. Anyway, that should be plenty to go on for now, but do your own research on the internet too if you would like! Makes for some interesting reading and kinda makes Addisons make more sense too.