DHEA-S (dehydroepiandrosterone sulphate) is one of the most abundant steroid hormones in the body. It is produced in the adrenal glands and, in lower levels, by the ovaries and testes.
It functions as a precursor to other androgen hormones such as testosterone and oestrogen. Precursors are substances that are converted by the body into a hormone.
DHEA production peaks in your mid 20s and in most people production gradually declines with age at around 2% per year.
It is understood that DHEA has an important role in supporting your immune system and, therefore, means as levels decline you are more susceptible to age related diseases. Low levels of DHEA might also result in extreme tiredness, loss of muscle tone (such as vaginal atrophy), weight gain, depression and joint pain.
The normal reference range of DHEA for women is: 0.26-11.0 umol/L*
The normal reference range for DHEA for men is: 0.44-13.4 umol/L*
Bio-identical DHEA can be used to support the treatment of menopausal symptoms and, in particular, help with:
– Weight loss;
– Increase energy levels;
– Improved muscle tone;
– Reduction of joint pain;
– Brain clarity/memory;
– Improved immune function; and
– Managing depression.
* Reference ranges provided by The Doctors Laboratory (TDL) and subject to change if/when methods are re-standardised from time to time.