It is important to look at the whole picture when treating hormone imbalances and DHEA is a critical part of that process.
DHEA (DeHydroEpiAndrosterone) is the most common steroid hormone in the body.
DHEA is metabolized from pregnenolone and is a precursor to the sex hormones: testosterone and estrogen. It is mainly produced by the adrenal glands but smaller amounts are made elsewhere in the body. Women convert DHEA to testosterone more readily than men. DHEA test results will reflect how the adrenal glands are functioning and give a clearer picture in regard to testosterone and estrogen related issues such as libido.
While DHEA is often seen in applications and discussions of anti-aging and adrenal function issues, it has also been found to be involved in many other processes in the body. Studies have shown that DHEA displays significant role in areas such as:
This is why testing DHEA is a valuable part of dealing with hormone imbalances related to aging.
DHEA supplements are available over the counter.
DHEA is very important part of the whole hormonal picture and is a key player in achieving hormone balance but testing DHEA levels along with Testosterone and Estogen is important when taking DHEA supplements to avoid creating other imbalances.
It is important to establish your initial DHEA level before using supplements.