If you’re feeling tired, anxious, or just not quite like yourself, low levels of DHEA could be a contributing factor. But don’t fret, because there are ways to test your DHEA levels and potentially improve them with supplementation.
What is DHEA?
DHEA, or dehydroepiandrosterone, is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands. It’s a precursor hormone, meaning it can be converted into other hormones like testosterone and estrogen in both men and women. DHEA levels naturally decline with age, so older adults may have lower levels of DHEA than younger adults.
Why do I need DHEA?
Research suggests supplementation can help:
• build and maintain muscle
•. reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety
•. enhance libido.
What are the symptoms of low DHEA?
Fatigue: Low levels of DHEA may contribute to feelings of tiredness or exhaustion, even after getting adequate rest.
Mood changes: Some studies suggest that low levels of DHEA may be associated with an increased risk of depression and anxiety.
Reduced libido: DHEA plays a role in the production of sex hormones, so low levels of DHEA may contribute to a reduced sex drive.
Cognitive issues: Some research has suggested that low levels of DHEA may be associated with cognitive decline and memory problems.
Reduced muscle mass: DHEA has been shown to have an anabolic effect, meaning it can help build and maintain muscle mass. Low levels of DHEA may contribute to a loss of muscle mass and strength.
Weakened immune system: DHEA has been shown to play a role in immune function, so low levels of DHEA may contribute to a weakened immune system and increased susceptibility to infections.
In summary, DHEA is a hormone that can have a big impact on your health and well-being. If you’re experiencing symptoms like fatigue, anxiety, or low libido, low levels of DHEA could be a contributing factor. Testing your DHEA levels through a simple blood test in our office can help determine if supplementation may be a helpful option for you. As always, it’s important to consult with your healthcare provider before starting any new supplements or medication