Your DHEA Level

What Causes Abnormal DHEA Levels?

To successfully treat and prevent recurrence of abnormal DHEA levels we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow abnormal DHEA levels to develop?"

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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind abnormal DHEA levels consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to abnormal DHEA levels.  Here are four possibilities:
  • Stress
  • Hypopituitarism
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Premature Aging

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
high diastolic blood pressure
sugar/sweet craving
breast soreness during cycle
physical abuse during childhood
normal TSH
carbohydrate craving during cycle
adverse reaction to delayed meals
poor bodily coordination
severe muscle atrophy
depression with fatigue
unsound sleep
increased focal length
... and more than 70 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of abnormal DHEA levels:
Cause Probability Status
Premature Aging 97% Confirm
Stress 29% Unlikely
Hypopituitarism 5% Ruled out
Hypoglycemia 5% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate having had recent lab tests, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
If your DHEA level has been measured, what was the result?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ Definitely low
→ Reduced
→ Normal
→ Elevated
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate low DHEA level, reduced DHEA level, normal DHEA level or elevated DHEA level, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Premature/Signs of Aging

Sometimes known as the "youth hormone", DHEA protects the body from premature aging.  A lower-than-normal level of DHEA can also be a sign of premature aging, as DHEA production decreases with age.


Insulin levels may play a significant role in determining how much DHEA is metabolized.  Studies have discovered that low levels of DHEA may be related to an excess of insulin.  What this suggests is that anyone suffering from hypoglycemia or excess insulin may be prone to converting nutrients to fat due to depressed DHEA levels.


Stress accelerates the loss of DHEA.

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