9 Facts You Didn’t Know About DHEA, the “Mother of All Hormones”
By Judy Couch, FNP-C
In September, we covered the “Mother of Life” hormone (Progesterone), and received lots of positive feedback. So this month, we are taking a look at another “mother” hormone: DHEA. Whereas Progesterone received its nickname for being the oldest-known hormone on record, DHEA – short for dehydroepiandrosterone – got its “Mother of All Hormones” nickname for being the most abundant hormone in your body.
This abundance has made it a focal point of hormone research. In fact, there are over 2,500 journal articles that have examined this vital hormone and the benefits on the human body. Research concludes that keeping the level in the higher range with pure, good quality DHEA improves the quality of life and delays many of the effects of aging.
The ongoing research and proven importance of this hormone makes it one of my favorite hormones to learn about, and I’ve compiled 9 interesting facts that you probably didn’t know.
- It is the most abundant hormone in the body, and perhaps the second most protective (Progesterone is number one).
- It is an important building block that works as a precursor to produce other important hormones, including Estrogen, Progesterone, and Testosterone.
- DHEA is secreted by the adrenal gland and is derived from cholesterol.
- We need DHEA to help us reach maturity, and then once there, keep our systems on track.
- Your DHEA level will drop in half between ages 20 and 40. Our levels are highest when we are in our youth.
- The hormone can induce a sense of well-being and increased stamina. Studies show that men and women who were given DHEA experience an increase in well-being and mood, as well as improved scores on depression and anxiety.
It has been proven that DHEA lowers insulin resistance and improves insulin sensitivity, meaning it works against age-related fat gain and muscle loss.
DHEA is protective against heart disease because it’s an antioxidant that prevents lipid-containing plaques from accumulating in the arteries.
Many studies show that it also has a profound effect on our immune system, which in turn determines the way we age.
How do I get started?
Similar to Estrogen, Progesterone, and Testosterone, DHEA takes the same age-related decline. Like these hormones, it is important to get your levels checked before starting any hormone replacement therapy program. A simple blood test can determine where your levels stand, and our experts can develop a unique treatment plan to help you feel better, live better, and look better. Call 513-791-9474 or fill out our online consultation form to get started today!