DHEA (dehydroepiandrostenedione) is an important androgen (male type) hormone in the body. DHEA’s main function is through transitioning into more potent hormones such as androstenedione and androstenetrione. DHEA aids in both male and female hormone activity while enhancing the immune system, hence an important part of hormone replacement therapy.
Factors affecting DHEA production:
- Emotional stress may increase DHEA.
- Foods high in protein or saturated fat may increase levels.
- A diet rich in sugar and sweets, high fiber cereals may reduce levels.
- DHEA levels drop 1-5% per year after age 30. By 80, the levels may be 15-20% of a 25 yr old.
Childhood: Axillary and pubic hair is typically sexually immature. Thin face, body, low weight, asthma, allergies, anorexia may be seen.
Adulthood: May see thinning of axillary and pubic hair.
- Moderate fatigue. Depression, moderate anxiety, low resistance to noise/stress, low sexual desire, decreased erections, lack of sexual satisfaction.
- Dry eyes, dry skin, poor muscle development, reduced/loss of axillary or pubic hair.
- Diseases associated with decreased DHEA include: cardiovascular disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, osteoporosis, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, depression.
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Indications for use include DHEA deficiency, autoimmune disease such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, cortisol or other glucocorticoids therapy.
Caution use in the following:
- Women with tendency toward body hair and acne.
- Patients with severe cortisol deficiency.
- Breast, prostate or uterine cancer because of conversion to other sex hormones which may theoretically stimulate growth of these cancers. In fact, it may be just the opposite as DHEA increases immune system function, but it’s best to avoid in these situations.
Progress is typically reported at around 3-4 months after starting therapy, sometimes six. Therefore, it’s important to be patient and continue for at least six months.
Natural increase of DHEA:
- Eat enough calories and diet with fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, eggs, and fish.
- Eat organic if possible.
- Avoid alcohol, white vinegar, caffeine, sugar, sweets, high fiber cereals in excess, milk, and birth control pills. Hormones such as testosterone and thyroid may increase activity.
- High dose steroids and estrogen can decrease it.
Overdosing may cause the following: oily hair or skin, acne, increase body hair (rare), upper scalp hair loss, virilism, menstrual cycle disturbances, android body shape and muscle hypertrophy. We regulate your hormone replacement therapy. to make sure your dosages are optimal.