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
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
regular bizarre dreams
being in an imperfect relationship
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recently going through divorce
somewhat disturbed sleep
recent death of a loved one
... 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:
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
If your DHEA level has been measured, what was the result?
→ Don't know
→ Definitely low
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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