DHEA - Renew Medical Center

DHEA, short for dehydroepiandrosterone, is an important hormone produced naturally in the body. DHEA is considered a "parent hormone" because it can convert into other hormones like estrogen and testosterone. DHEA levels peak around age 20 and then steadily decline with age. By the time we reach 70-80 years old, our DHEA levels are only about 20% of what they were in our youth. This age-related decline in DHEA has led some to believe that taking DHEA supplements may slow aging or have anti-aging benefits. However, the evidence is still inconclusive.

What Does DHEA Do in the Body?

DHEA is often called the "youth hormone" because of its high levels during our younger years. DHEA has several important functions:

Some preliminary research suggests DHEA supplements may provide certain benefits, like improving mood and sexual function. But most of the studies have had considerable limitations.

DHEA Supplements

DHEA supplements first became popular in the 1990s after research suggested possible anti-aging benefits. But since then, extensive research on DHEA supplements has been disappointing.

Several high-quality studies have found that DHEA supplements do not slow signs of aging or provide most of the other purported benefits. However, some people still take DHEA supplements hoping to support:

The long-term safety of DHEA supplements is unknown. More research is still needed.

If you're considering DHEA, it's best to talk to your doctor at Renew Medical Center, get your DHEA levels tested, and closely monitor your response.

So in summary, DHEA is an important "youth hormone" that declines with age. While some smaller studies have hinted at benefits, well-designed research indicates DHEA supplements do NOT reverse aging or provide most of the other claims.

More research is still needed on appropriate dosing, long-term safety, and potential benefits for those with low DHEA levels. Talk to your doctor before supplementing.

Consider testing your DHEA levels at Renew Medical Center.

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