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Magic of DHEA

What is DHEA?

DHEA, short for dehydroepiandosterone, is a steroid sex hormone produced mainly in the adrenals. It is often referred to as the "Mother of all Hormones" because it is most abundant in the human body of both sexes and is the precursor to nearly all sex hormones, including testosterone, estrogen and progesterone.

Is DHEA Associated with Aging?

DHEA levels rise at puberty and peak at about age 20 in women and age 25 in men. They slowly decline over time to lowest levels in advanced chronological states. Why this happens is unclear, but leading researchers link the decline in DHEA with the onset of age-related body degeneration. Human epidemiological studies ever suggest that serum levels of DHEA and DHEA sulfate (DHEAS) might be a reliable biomarker of healthy aging.

How Can You Tell If Your DHEA Levels Are Low?

One can measure the amount of DHEA and DHEAS in circulation by means of a simple blood test, urinalysis or saliva test. Check with your physician to determine which is the best for you.

Are There Health Effects Associated with DHEA Levels?

Accumulating evidence suggests that DHEA may be of value in preventing and treating many diseases, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity and AIDS. Several studies show that DHEA concentration is inversely related to the death from any cause and death from coronary vascular disease in particular. A recent study of heart patients found that a reduced blood level of DHEA is a specific and independent risk factor for heart disease.

Is DHEA a Drug?

DHEA is a natural substance derived from such non-animal substances as Wild Yam. It is not regulated as a drug by the government.

Does DHEA Have Any Negative Effects?

No adverse effects have been reported in the clinical literature when DHEA has been used to replenish levels to the point when they were the highest-usually no more than 50 mg. per day in healthy individuals. However, individuals at increased risk for hormone-related cancers should consult with their health professional prior to using DHEA. Extremely excessive amounts of DHEA may result in the appearance of facial hair, squaring of the jaw, and changes in vocal tones of women or breast tissue in men.

Is DHEA Helpful If a Woman Has Been on Synthetic Hormones?

DHEA increases natural estrogen and progesterone levels. Many well-respected physicians have reported that their female patients have effectively avoided the use of synthetic hormones and reduced the incidence of hot flashes, PMS, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and cancer in their patients using DHEA. We recommend you consult your physician on the matter.

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