DHEA in Women
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a steroid hormone synthesized from cholesterol and produced by the adrenal glands in women. DHEA is a precursor to female sex hormones estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. It is often called the “mother hormone” because it is the source that fuels the body’s metabolic pathway.
Like most hormones, women have optimal DHEA levels in their 20s. After that, DHEA levels slowly decline with aging. There is an 80% decline in DHEA by the age of 70. Age-related decline of DHEA is inevitable, but the decline in DHEA associated with chronic stress and adrenal fatigue is not. Women who are chronically stressed exhaust their adrenal glands, which results in low cortisol and low DHEA levels. Prevention and/or treatment of adrenal fatigue will prevent this.
Benefits of DHEA Replacement Therapy
- Improves quality of life
- Improves energy levels and decreases fatigue
- Improves body composition
- Improves muscle tone, strength and endurance
- Decreases body fat
- Improves mood and may eliminate depressed mood
- Improves general sense of well-being
- Improves brain function
- Improves memory
- Improves concentration
- Improves sleep
- Decreases and may eliminate joint soreness
- Health benefits of DHEA replacement therapy
- Improves blood glucose levels, which decreases the risk of developing diabetes and may reverse diabetes
- Improves cholesterol levels
- Reduces body fat and decreases the risk of developing obesity (especially abdominal fat)
- Improves bone strength
- Decreases the risk of developing osteoporosis
- Decreases the risk of hip fractures and other broken bones
- Improves immune system function
- Improves the body’s ability to handle stress
- Stops the health damaging effects that stress can have on the body
Symptoms of Low DHEA in Women
Your Solution: Treatment of DHEA Deficiency with DHEA Replacement Therapy
Hormone testing will determine if you have a DHEA deficiency. DHEA is an over-the-counter supplement (OTC) which is available without a prescription. There are many low-quality supplements on the market. Caution should be taken to make sure you use a high-quality, pharmaceutical-grade DHEA such as Genemedics Nutrition DHEA
You should only use DHEA under the guidance of a physician. Follow-up labs should be ordered after starting therapy to make sure DHEA levels are optimal. Based on your lab results, clinical symptoms, medical history and physical exam, your expert bioidentical hormone doctor will prescribe personalized doses of DHEA . Your Genemedics Health Institute hormone replacement program will also include a nutrition plan, supplement regimen and exercise program.
We have several hormone replacement therapy clinics around Florida, California, Michigan, Oregon, Illinois, Arizona, Georgia.