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DHEA-S Hormone is made in the adrenal glands, which the body turns into testosterone. DHEA-S is usually tested along with cortisol to measure adrenal stress. This hormone is essential for energy production and blood sugar balance. Natural DHEA production is at its highest in your twenties: by the time we reach seventy we only make about 20% of the DHEA we had when we were young.
Symptoms of DHEA deficiency include:
Diminished sense of well-being.
- What is DHEA-S?
DHEA-S is the most abundant steroid hormone in our body that has been found to be involved in a broad range of biological effects in humans. It has the ability to produce various hormones like estrogen, progesterone, cortisone, and testosterone on demand. Regular exercise is known to increase DHEA production in the body.
- How is DHEA-S produced in the body?
DHEA is produced from cholesterol through two cytochrome P450 enzymes. Cholesterol is converted to pregnenolone by the enzyme P450 scc and then pregnenolone is converted into 17a-Hydroxypregnenolone and then to DHEA by another enzyme, CYP17A1.
- What is the normal level of DHEA-S hormone in the body?
According to the NIH's Medline service, normal values for serum DHEA sulfate can differ by sex and age.
Typical normal ranges for females are: * Age 18-19: 145-395 ug/dL * Age 20-29: 65-380 ug/dL * Age 30-39: 45-270 ug/dL * Age 40-49: 32-240 ug/dL * Age 50-59: 26-200 ug/dL * Age 60-69: 13-130 ug/dL * Age 69 and older: 17-90 ug/dL
Typical normal ranges for males are: * Age 18-19: 108-441 ug/dL * Age 20-29: 280-640 ug/dL * Age 30-39: 120-520 ug/dL * Age 40-49: 95-530 ug/dL * Age 50-59: 70-310 ug/dL * Age 60-69: 42-290 ug/dL * Age 69 and older: 28-175 ug/dL
- What does high level of cortisol and low levels of DHEA-S mean?
Due to various forms of physical and emotional stressors, if there is chronically elevated levels of cortisol, the capacity to produce DHEA in sufficient amounts is impaired. As DHEA is a precursor hormone to estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, insufficient DHEA levels may result in fatigue, bone loss, loss of muscle mass, depression, decreased libido, and impaired immune function.
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