Produced by the adrenal glands, DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) is mildly androgenic. A precursor to other adrenal hormones, it diminishes with age and promotes longevity in animals. It is one of the best biochemical bio-markers of chronological age.
has demonstrated protective effects for various cancers and is often effective for age-related issues such as sharper memory, enhanced immune function, energy, smooth skin, tired muscles, cardiovascular
health, accelerated weight loss, and it may increase HDL
Diagnosis and Tests
Some doctors allow trials of DHEA
in cases where it is suspected someone is deficient; we believe in having your hormone level of DHEA checked first. Blood, urine or saliva
testing will work.
Treatment and PreventionDHEA
can be purchased in health food stores.
The decline in DHEA
levels appears to be a factor in age-related bone loss. In one important study, bone mineral density was measured at the lumbar spine, hip, and radius in 105 women, aged 45-69. Fifty women had normal measurements, whereas 55 had low bone density. The average serum DHEA-S
level was 60% lower in the women with low bone density than in those with normal bones. Women with low DHEA values were 40 times more likely to have osteoporosis than were women with normal DHEA levels. In contrast, there was no relationship between estrogen levels and bone density
. [Szathmari, M, et al. Osteoporosis Int 1994:4: pp.84-88
References and Further Information
William Regelson, MD, of the Medical College of Virginia, in his book The Superhormone Promise
, calls DHEA "the superstar of super hormones" and "one of the most powerful tools" available for enhancing and extending life.