DHEA is an important adrenal hormone, and precursor for all sex hormones.
It has been shown that the serum hormone DHEA often declines by 75-80% from peak levels by age 70 or later, leading to hormonal imbalances that can affect one's quality of life.
Peak blood levels of DHEA occur at approximately age 25, decreasing progressively thereafter. The marked decline in serum DHEA with age is believed to play a role in health problems associated with aging.
In recent randomized, double-blinded, controlled trials, DHEA replacement therapy for one year helped protect hip bone mineral density in older adults and spine bone mineral density in older women. DHEA has also been shown to support a healthy circulatory system and joint/bone health.
DHEA has been reported as decreasing cholesterol levels, reducing obesity, increasing muscle mass and slowing the aging process. It has been used in the treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's deisease, and neurological disorders such as depression and anxiety/stress.
DHEA is a natural hormone produced in the brain, adrenal glands and the skin. DHEA is the most abundant hormone in the human body. Like other anti-aging hormones, DHEA is produced by the body in abundant supplies during our youth, reaching its peak between the ages of 20 to 25, then drooping to much lower levels later in life. During the prime of life, men produce approximately 31 mg of DHEA daily and women produce about 19 mg daily. At forty-five we produce about half this amount and at sixty-five, our DHEA levels are down to about 10 to 20 percent of their peak levels. Many scientists believe that the decline in key hormones like DHEA is responsibly for much of the mental and physical decline we associate with normal aging. These same scientists suggest boosting DHEA levels may prevent and/or delay some of these problems. According to DHEA pioneer researcher Dr. Samuel Yen, DHEA is a supplement that may help people age gracefully. Uses based on scientific studies:
ADRENAL INSUFFICIENCY: Several studies show DHEA may improve well-being, quality of life, exercise capacity, sex drive and hormone levels in people with insufficient adrenal gland function. Raising DHEA levels in persons with partial androgen deficiency seems to benefit the age related decline in the mental and physical functions. The majority of clinical trails investigating the effect of DHEA on Depression, Obesity, Systemic lupus erythematosus and Rheumatoid arthritis support its use for these purposes. DHEA is under investigation for benefiting bone density, cervical cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, menopausal disorders, HIV/AIDS, sexual function, immune system stimulant and skin aging.