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DHEA 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.

DHEA 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

In just the first six months of this year, several effects of DHEA have been documented, including:

*An 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.

*A 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.

*What 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 determined.


A multifaceted team in Italy has found that supplementing with DHEA can significantly improve in vitro fertilization in infertile women of advanced reproductive age.

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.

In 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.

In 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?

Older 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.

DHEA 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.

A 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.

DHEA 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.

Using DHEA

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.

Dr. 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.

See also:

The Best Years in Life Anti-Aging and Longevity Resources Page

For more information:
Natural Hormone Balance by Uzzi Reiss, M.D. 

About the Author:

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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