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:
  • Premature Aging
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Stress
  • Hypopituitarism

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
incoherent speech
oily hair
breast soreness during cycle
reduced skin elasticity
angry/hostile disposition
severe sexual abuse during childhood
afternoon coffee/sugar craving
numb/burning/tingling extremities
frequent sleepwalking
specific muscle weakness
constant bowel movement changes
... and more than 80 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
Hypoglycemia 96% Confirm
Premature Aging 27% Unlikely
Stress 5% Ruled out
Hypopituitarism 1% 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.


Stress accelerates the loss of DHEA.

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