Is low DHEA accelerating your aging?
SHOULD YOU CHECK YOUR DHEA?
DHEA or dehydroepiandrosterone is considered a precursor hormone that is tied to longevity and anti-aging benefits, lean body mass and optimal body composition.
We often talk about high DHEA in the case of PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) in terms of excessive androgen production in this sense the individual needs to mellow out and reduce the HPA-axis output while using a ketogenic diet to metabolize the excess DHEA. High stress levels is one of the biggest drivers of elevated DHEA levels and overtime after ongoing demand, the adrenal glands get fatigued and and DHEA levels start to decline. Low DHEA can drive unfavorable symptoms like fatigue, inability to gain muscle, excess body weight and low sexual hormone levels. Additionally, if trying to use a ketogenic diet, one may suffer with debilitating fatigue as they struggle to produce ketone bodies with insufficient substrates.
DHEA starts to fall naturally after age 30 and often what we attribute to “just getting older” could actually be symptoms of low DHEA–weight gain, low libido, increased inflammation and feeling fatigued or burned out, depression, and brain fog!
HOW IS DHEA TESTED?
If experiencing other hormonal or mood imbalances or if you suspect adrenal fatigue, our Neurohormone Complete Plus Panel will be a more comprehensive look at what is going on in your body and whether you could benefit from DHEA supplementation!