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Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and its active metabolite, DHEA sulfate (DHEAS), are endogenous hormones synthesized and excreted primarily by the zona reticularis of the adrenal cortex in response to adrenocorticotropic hormone.
The exact mechanism of action and clinical role, if any, of DHEA and DHEAS remain unclear. Epidemiological data indicate an inverse relationship between serum DHEA and DHEAS levels and the frequency of cancer, cardiovascular disease (in men only), Alzheimer's disease and other age-related disorders, immune function, and progression of HIV infection. Animal (primarily rodent) studies have suggested many beneficial effects of DHEA, including improved immune function and memory and prevention of atherosclerosis, cancer, diabetes, and obesity. Many of the benefits seen in animal studies have yet to be shown in humans.
DHEA is a 19-carbon steroid hormone, classified as an adrenal androgen. Plasma levels decline progressively with age beginning around age 40; therefore, the level of DHEA at age 70 is only about 20 percent as high as that in young adults. DHEA is synthesized from pregnenalone (derived from cholesterol) and is rapidly sulfated to yield its ester, DHEA-S, the predominant form found circulating in the plasma. DHEA is metabolized via two pathways-- through hepatic circulation or via a cutaneous pathway where it is metabolized by the skin and other tissues sensitive to sex steroids.
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a steroid hormone secreted primarily by the adrenal glands and to a lesser extent by the brain, skin, testes, and ovaries. It is the most abundant circulating steroid in humans and can be converted into other hormones, including estrogen and testosterone. It has been characterized as a pleiotropic "buffer hormone," with receptor sites in the liver, kidney, and testes, and has a key role in a wide range of physiological responses. Circulating levels of DHEA decline with age and a relationship has been suggested between lower DHEA levels and heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, chronic fatigue syndrome, AIDS, and Alzheimer's disease. Other research suggests that autoimmune diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis might be associated with declining DHEA levels.
Clinical evidence supporting DHEA's use as an anti-aging hormone is inconclusive. However, in one double-blind, cross-over study of 30 subjects, age 40 to 70 years, supplementing 50 mg/day DHEA or placebo for three months, 67 percent of men and 84 percent of women in the DHEA group reported a remarkable increase in physical and psychological wellbeing; no side effects were reported. Supporting these results, mice treated with DHEA had glossier coats and less gray hair than control animals. Anecdotal reports indicate treating elderly patients with 5-20 mg/day DHEA often results in improved mood, energy levels, memory, appetite, and skin condition.
Animal studies have shown DHEA administration to inhibit breast, colon, and liver cancers, as well as skin papillomas. In women with breast cancer, plasma DHEA levels vary significantly depending on whether the women are pre- or postmenopausal. Premenopausal women with breast cancer had lower levels than normal for age, while postmenopausal women with breast cancer had higher levels than age-matched controls. These studies suggest DHEA may have anti-carcinogenic properties; but further research is needed before DHEA can be used safely in cancer therapy, particularly in patients with, or at risk for developing, hormone-dependent cancers.
DHEA has several different effects on the immune system, some of which are likely to be a result of its anti-glucocorticoid action. Animal studies have shown DHEA to preserve immune competence and prevent immune suppression caused by viral infections. Human studies of postmenopausal women given 50 mg/day DHEA demonstrated increased natural killer cell activity and a six-percent decrease in the proportion of T-helper cells. DHEA levels have also been found to be low in people infected with HIV. A study of 108 HIV-infected men found those with low DHEA levels were 2.3 times more likely to progress to AIDS.
Studies have shown DHEA to be of therapeutic value in SLE, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune hemolytic anemia, and multiple sclerosis. DHEA levels are often low in patients with these diseases, at least in part due to adrenal suppressive drugs such as prednisone. A return to normal physiologic levels appears to reduce immune complex formation, inhibit lymphocyte proliferation, and increase stamina and sense of wellbeing.
Several clinical studies have demonstrated DHEA, given in doses of 10-74 mg/day, to be of benefit in treating food allergy, multiple chemical sensitivity, asthma, and hereditary angioedema. These studies reported a decrease in severity of symptoms regardless of whether patients were receiving corticosteroid therapy or not.
Animal studies demonstrated DHEA administration to genetically obese mice resulted in a significant weight decrease, without any change in diet or exercise. DHEA's weight-loss properties are thought to be a result of its inhibition of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase, an enzyme responsible for fat accumulation. Human obesity studies with DHEA are few. One study of 659 fasting postmenopausal women, not on estrogen replacement therapy or antidiabetic drugs, demonstrated a positive association between elevated DHEA-S and central obesity, which contradicts the theory that DHEA-S protects against obesity in postmenopausal females.
Low plasma DHEA-S levels and decreased insulin sensitivity have been associated with an increased risk of heart disease in men. In women, the reverse has been found. Women with DHEA-S levels in the upper tertile had the highest cardiovascular death rate. A recent clinical study of 1,167 men was conducted to determine whether serum DHEA and DHEA-S levels could predict ischemic heart disease over a nine-year interval. Men with serum DHEA and DHEA-S levels in the lowest quartile at baseline were significantly more likely to develop ischemic heart disease.
Serum DHEA levels decline by more than 60 percent with onset of menopause, partially because ovarian production of it ceases. The subsequent loss of bone mineral density (BMD) has been shown to be significant, due at least in part to the rapid decline of DHEA. In a study of 457 women and 534 men the association between endogenous sex steroids and BMD was measured. Higher levels of circulating DHEA were positively associated with BMD of the radius, spine, and hip in women, but not in men. DHEA's role in osteoporosis prevention may be attributed to three mechanisms: (1) inhibition of bone resorption; (2) DHEA and testosterone stimulation of bone formation and calcium absorption; and (3) conversion to estrogen or testosterone, providing extra protection against bone loss.
DHEA status in Alzheimer's disease and dementia is unclear with most studies having been conducted in animal models. An animal study using mice demonstrated DHEA's memory-enhancing effects, which may be due in part to its action on GABA neurotransmitters. One small, uncontrolled study of male Alzheimer's patients found DHEA administration resulted in modest improvements in cognition and behavior.
Animal studies have demonstrated a correlation between diabetes and obesity that can be reversed by DHEA administration. DHEA's anti-glucocorticoid property may result in protection from diabetes, and insulin resistance appears to decrease when DHEA levels are returned to normal.
Safety and Toxicity
Despite being a steroid hormone, DHEA appears to be relatively safe if given at normal physiological doses. Among the few side effects noted with administration of physiological doses are breast tenderness, reversible hirsutism in women, and mild to moderate acne due to sebaceous secretion. Doses above 1500 mg/day have been known to result in insulin resistance in humans and pre-neoplastic pancreatic lesions in rats. Potential interactions between DHEA and pharmaceuticals include enhanced sedation seen in patients on benzodiazepines and related CNS active drugs, as well as possible thyrotoxicosis in patients taking thyroid hormones. As the long-term effects of DHEA administration are not known, it should therefore be used with caution, particularly in patients at risk for developing hormone-dependent cancers.
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Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) a hormone that generates a wide variety of health & longevity benefits. A large body of scientific evidence indicates that DHEA levels in the blood can foretell future degenerative diseases such as diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, memory disorders, and perhaps aging itself.
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) a hormone that generates a wide variety of health and longevity benefits.
DHEA may be beneficial for:
autoimmune diseases osteoporosis Epstein-Barr viral infectons bacterial infections chronic fatigue syndrome AIDS menopause stress depression and more.
RESEARCH & STUDIES:A large body of scientific evidence indicates that DHEA levels in the blood can foretell future degenerative diseases such as diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, memory disorders, and perhaps aging itself.
There are numerous studies covering the positive benefits and importance of DHEA to proper body functioning and optimized health.
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Adults take one capsule daily in the morning or as recommended by your health care professional.
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INGREDIENTS:A dietary supplement - each capsule contains 50 mgs. pharmaceutical grade DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone)
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