Can Stop the Devastation of Aging
by Barbara Minton
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(The Best Years in Life)
How do you envision your life will be as
you get older? Will it center around
visiting various doctors, going to the
pharmacy, and talking with your friends
about diseases? Or will you be
traveling, playing tennis or doing other
activities you love? If you see yourself
living a healthy active life in the
coming years, it's time to discover DHEA,
the hormone that circumvents the
devastation of aging that so many people
take for granted.
is one of the human body's steroid hormones, but its action is different than
other steroid hormones such as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone because
it is a precursor hormone. This means the potential of DHEA is not unlocked
until it is transformed in the body into estrogens and androgens such as
testosterone. DHEA is the most abundant circulating hormone in the body. As is
true of the other steroid hormones, DHEA levels begin to drop as the years go
by, and by the age of 70, a person has only about 10 percent of the DHEA they
had on their 21st birthday. The result is several dysfunctional states that can
turn into full blown disease.
Because of its precursor status, DHEA has been studied by scientists and
researchers in depth for many years. This effort has shown that diminished
levels of the hormone are linked to a wide range of degenerative diseases. It
has also shown that supplementing with DHEA can slow or stop various
manifestations of the aging process.
Current research is adding to the recognized benefits of DHEA
just the first six months of this year, several effects of DHEA have been
interdisciplinary team of scientists from several universities in the U.S. found
that DHEA is able to modulate the effects of stress on cognitive aging,
physiology and emotion.
study involving several universities in Korea has found that DHEA is able to
slow cell senescence, the process in which cells deteriorate with age and lose
their ability to divide and grow.
are the effects of DHEA on the cardiovascular system? A team from various
institutions in Switzerland examined a large data base of research from several
decades of work. Among the findings were that DHEA is protective of the
cardiovascular system, and often able to prevent cardiovascular diseases. The
various signaling pathways through which these actions are accomplished were
multifaceted team in Italy has found that supplementing with DHEA can
significantly improve in vitro fertilization in infertile women of advanced
Researchers in France have determined that falling levels of DHEA are associated
with what we consider to be age related diseases, such as osteoporosis, falls,
depression, atherosclerosis, and sexual disorders. They also documented its high
profile of safety.
Denmark, DHEA has been found to correlate with longevity in primates. It
promotes the expression of special stress response proteins that are
housekeepers in the body essential for maintenance and repair of proteins, DNA,
and RNA, as well as for immune response and cancer resistance.
Australia, several endocrine substances were evaluated in aging men. The
researchers stressed that different hormones may be related to different
parameters of cognition. This team found that DHEA shortens cognitive response
time to produce a quicker brain.
What else can DHEA do?
research has shown that another important role of DHEA is to be a balance for
the negative effects of too much cortisol. It would be quite helpful for anyone
living a particular stressful life.
maintains collagen levels. If your skin is beginning to sag, you are probably
loosing DHEA. It can also protect against the death of brain cells from
consuming excitotoxins such as aspartame and MSG.
workout can yield real results when DHEA is at normal levels, because it can
help increase muscle mass and definition in males and females, and it promotes
flexibility and endurance.
is able to help combat autoimmunity, obesity, dementia and chronic fatigue, as
well as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. It is protective of neurons.
Keeping cholesterol and insulin levels in the normal range is another function
of DHEA. This helps avoid arteriosclerosis and diabetes.
Supplements of DHEA are available at many healthy image supermarkets, and
online. It is not expensive and requires no prescription. A dose is usually
25mgs which is the amount a male should take according to anti-aging physican
Uzzi Reiss. His dose for women is 10 to 15 mgs a day, and his favorite delivery
method is drops.
Reiss recommends a blood test to determine your level of DHEA before beginning
supplemention, and I recommend working with a physician who specializes in
anti-aging medicine or bioidentical hormone replacement.
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Barbara is a school psychologist and the author of Dividend Capture, a book on personal finance. She is a breast cancer survivor using bioidentical hormone therapy, and a passionate advocate of natural health with hundreds of articles on many aspects of health and wellness. She is the editor and publisher of AlignLife's Health Secrets Newsletter.
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