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DHEA is the most abundant hormone found in your bloodstream.
It’s made by your adrenal glands, which sit on top of your kidneys.
Like human growth hormone and melatonin – 2 other hormones with antiaging properties – DHEA is made abundantly during youth, with production peaking around age 25.
After this, though, production wanes.
By the age of 80, people are thought to have only 10-20% of the DHEA they had at 20.
Research has shown DHEA has many functions in your body pertaining to health and longevity.
Among other things, it may help generate the sex hormones estrogen and testosterone.
If testosterone increases, then so does the percentage of muscle mass, and the percentage of body fat decreases.
If estrogen is increased, new bone deposition can occur, thereby helping to prevent osteoporosis.
As the production of DHEA declines with age, the structures and production of DHEA decline with age, the structures and systems of your body appear to decline with it.
This leaves your body vulnerable to various cancers, including breast, prostate, and bladder, as well as to atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, nerve degeneration, and other age-related conditions.
Some research suggests DHEA replacement therapy can have many highly beneficial effects.
In a 1986 study based on 12 years of research involving 242 middle-aged and elderly men, small doses of DHEA appeared to be linked with a 48% reduction in death from heart disease, and a 36% reduction in death from other causes.
In a 28-day study, DHEA therapy enabled men to lose 31% of mean body fat without changing body weight.
But, a 2006 randomized controlled study at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, showed elderly women taking DHEA had no changes in body composition, muscle strength, or how well they could handle glucose, and showed no improvement in quality of life.
DHEA comes both in nonprescription-strength pills and capsules, and in higher-dosage prescription-strength pills and capsules.
Most of the DHEA you can buy is made in laboratories and extracted from wild yams.
Also available are extracts of wild yams that have not been processed into DHEA, but your body may convert into DHEA.
DHEA therapy should be undertaken with caution.
Some physicians believe high doses of DHEA suppress your body’s natural ability to make the hormone.
Women should take no more than 10 mg daily.
Sometimes changing estrogen levels and making them higher will stimulate the growth of breast and prostate cancers.
Before using this therapy, check with your doctor, who knows your health risk and your family history.
Animal studies have shown high doses can also lead to liver damage.
For this reason, while undergoing DHEA replacement therapy, it’s important to take supplements of vitamin C, vitamin E, and selenium to prevent damage to your liver.
A better source of DHEA might be 7-Keto DHEA.
This substance plays the same role as DHEA in your body, like strengthening your immune system and enhancing memory, but, unlike ordinary DHEA, it’s not converted into estrogen or testosterone.
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