Anti aging guide

Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), Hormone for Anti-Aging Treatment



What are the effects of DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) hormone in humans and problems with DHA?

The hormone DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is one of the hottest anti-aging drugs on the market. It is normally produced by the adrenal glands (which are near the kidneys) and has been extensively studied both in laboratory animals and in humans.

The levels of DHEA in our blood fall progressively from around 25 years of age. The loss maybe speed up in some people but nobody knows why this happens. Taking extra supplements can replace the lost DHEA in the blood and this is associated with an improvement in several areas of the body. Many conventional scientists, however, don’t agree that DHEA has any worthwhile effects and say that it shouldn’t be used at all. Do have this in mind during the following discussion.

Those who support the use of DHEA say that its benefits are nothing short of miraculous:
•    improvement of mental well-being
•    expansion of memory function
•    loss of excess weight
•    recapture of lost intimate function
•    reduction of the risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes

Specifically, DHEA reduces the concentration of viruses in the blood and energizes the thymus gland which in turn stimulates the immune system. It facilitates the use of glucose by the liver, reduces the appetite for fatty food and creates a feeling of fullness by affecting the hunger centers in the brain. However, most people who take DHEA report that they only experience some of these benefits, not all.

Other effects of DHEA are that:
•    It reduces cholesterol and it was also found to be low in patients who had a heart attack or dementia.
•    It may be used together with conventional HRT for better treatment of the menopause.
•    It prevents damage to the nerve cells, although high doses may cause a worsening of memory, so a balance needs to be found.
•    Some studies showed that it prolongs the life span of mice by 50 per cent and recent studies also found that, in men over the age of 50, it reduces general mortality from all causes.

In a study using 1,600mg of DHEA a day, a group of lucky women who were assigned to receive the active DHEA and not a placebo lost one third of their body fat and gained muscle tissue equivalent to a more youthful level. This is ‘rejuvenation’ in my book.

A deficiency of DHEA is found in certain cancers, including stomach, bladder and breast cancer. On the other hand, excessive use of DHEA is associated with an increased risk of prostate problems and cancer of the ovaries.

There are no clear guidelines about the dose. Most people take 50mg a day, but some people take anything from 25 to a whopping 2,500mg a day. A doctor will check the PSA (prostatic specific antigen) in men to make sure that there are no problems with the prostate and do a baseline saliva or blood test to find out what the level of DHEA is in order to have a starting value.

After taking the DHEA pills, it will be necessary to check the saliva or blood in 4-6 weeks to see whether the dose is adequate and increase or decrease it accordingly. It is then essential to repeat the tests every 4-6 months.

In addition, taking antioxidants will reduce damage to the liver, which eliminates the leftover products of DHEA_ Men will be advised to also take saw palmetto and check their prostate function every year.

Problems with DHEA are:
•    increased hair growth in both men and women
•    a return of the menstrual period in post-menopausal women
•    a danger of prostate cancer in men
•    many others, which a specialist would be able to discuss with you

Posted by Carol Hudgens - April 6, 2012 at 4:40 pm