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DHEA An Anti Aging Hormone

Updated on May 9, 2011

Introduction to DHEA

Reduced revels of DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) in the body, due to aging, is associated with a large number of diseases. DHEA is the main precursor for estradiol and testosterone.

DHEA levels drop by as much as 80% from ages of mid twenties to seventies. Many diseases, including osteoporosis, Alzheimer's, breast cancer, thyroid disease, and diabetes have been associated with low levels of DHEA in the body.

Increased levels of DHEA may be achieved through regular exercise, proper diet, stress reduction and supplementation. DHEA supplements are available over the counter in the US without the need for a prescription. However, many countries require prescription for the use of this supplement.

DHEA is a natural supplement. However, it may produce some side effects in certain people. Some of the most common side effects are: hypertension, insomnia and hair loss. DHEA supplementation is best to be recommended and monitored by your doctor. Typical dosage may be 25-100mg per day. However, the correct dosage should be established by your doctor by determining whether one is deficient in DHEA and through blood tests determine the proper dosage.


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