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The Importance of DHEA and Overall Hormone Health

Thursday, July 14th 2022 10:00am 4 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

Although DHEA is one of the most commonly overlooked hormones, it is a crucial hormone that is responsible for the creation of estrogen, testosterone, and cortisol.

While estrogen, testosterone, and cortisol garner the most attention, DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) may be an underrated component of hormone health. Low DHEA can be responsible for many symptoms as varied as decreased cognitive function, an inability to cope with stress, and weight gain.

Why is DHEA critical to overall hormone health?

Many of the functions of DHEA will sound familiar to those who look to estrogen or progesterone for hormone therapy, as these deficiencies may be caused by an upstream deficiency of DHEA.

DHEA is produced by your adrenal glands and in the brain and skin. Receptors for DHEA are found throughout the body, and many systems within our bodies rely on DHEA for proper function. This important hormone is required for various healthy functions including:

  • improved ability to deal with stress
  • normal healing
  • prevention of blood clots
  • reduced blood sugar levels
  • optimal brain function
  • youthful skin appearance
  • reduced risk for cardiovascular disease
  • optimal cholesterol levels
  • bone growth

In addition, DHEA also works as an anti-inflammatory, and it improves blood flow and circulation by increasing nitric oxide. The functions of DHEA are many and varied. This is why DHEA is necessary for optimal health and why itโ€™s important to consider in testing.

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