DHEA in Women and Adrenal Fatigue
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DHEA in Women and Adrenal Fatigue
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- DHEA is a stress hormone that is important in moderating stress, anxiety, and energy.
- Chronic Fatigue ( also called Adrenal Fatigue ) is often due to low DHEA levels
- Low DHEA levels have been linked with shorter lifespans, increased cardiovascular disease, low libido, reduced bone density.
- DHEA can be found in every cell of our bodies
DHEA in Women
DHEA is produced by your adrenal glands, and is the most plentiful sex hormone in the body. Without it, your body can’t make other important hormones. It has the added benefit of keeping your hormones balanced and functioning well.
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- You can find DHEA in every cell of the body.
- DHEA declines with age, or with the onset of adrenal fatigue.
- DHEA supports the immune system, and protects against cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, depression, and heart disease.
- DHEA fortifies the body against the destructive effect of stress and excess cortisol production.
- The fact that DHEA is available over the counter is good for simplicity of access, but bad for ensuring proper dosage and quality. DHEA should only be taken by prescription.
Aging and Stress = Diminished DHEA
As people age, their adrenal glands slow down and produce less DHEA. Stress can also decrease DHEA production in the body by exhausting the adrenal glands and causing adrenal fatigue. Some people have compromised adrenal function as a consequence of both age and stress.
Because DHEA plays such a pivotal role in the proper function and balance of your endocrine system overall, balancing other hormones can be a challenge in the absence of sufficient DHEA. Meanwhile, a majority of Americans will lose 80 to 90% of their ability to produce DHEA at healthy levels between ages 30 and 80.
DHEA and Longevity
Many studies point to DHEA’s importance in supporting good general health. Some have shown low DHEA levels to be present at the onset of disease, leading researchers to conclude that DHEA may be critical to a properly functioning immune system. With few exceptions, low or deficient DHEA is found in every illness. Perhaps most critically, DHEA blocks carcinogenesis. Some studies have even concluded that low levels of DHEA are associated with a shorter lifespan.
Conversely, healthy levels of DHEA are a “strong predictor” of longevity, and a lower incidence of disease. Even a 10% increase in DHEA levels is associated with a 48% decrease in mortality from all causes.
Treatment for Low DHEA
Aging better is what Med-Health 360 is all about. An important component to better aging is living longer. Balancing DHEA is one way to get there. Our doctors test DHEA and replace it to healthy levels as necessary. It’s that easy
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Frequently Asked Questions
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) has actually been used in the United States since 1938. Bio-identical Hormones are all natural plant based products made from yams and a small amount of soy. These hormones have the same molecular structure as the hormones produced within our own bodies. There are numerous studies worldwide that document the benefits and safety of BHRT. These studies also report a lower incidence of side effects when compared with prescription drugs. BHRT should not be confused with “synthetic hormones which are typically found in many creams, gels and injectables used for hormone replacement.
BHRT is a short, simple in-office procedure using local anesthesia. Your doctor will insert the pellets into the fatty layer just beneath your skin. In men and women, a small incision is made in the buttocks or in the lower abdomen. The process is painless and takes just a few minutes.
One of greatest advantages of pellet therapy is the low incidence of side effects. Although extremely rare, side effects may include: slight bruising, minor bleeding, infection or extrusion of the pellets.
Your doctor will interpret your blood tests and determine an appropriate dosage specifically designed for your body. Women who receive estrogen can feel significantly better in 24-36 hours. Men and women who receive testosterone will start to feel relief of symptoms in 10-14 days. After your pellet insertion, you should avoid vigorous exercise for a few days as directed by your physician. Your doctor will evaluate your hormone levels on an ongoing basis and monitor any future changes needed.
You can obtain BHRT Pellets by scheduling an appointment with a trained, certified physician who specializes in hormonal therapy. In order to obtain the correct dosage and proper placement of the pellets, the doctor should be knowledgeable and specifically trained in pellet therapy!
To find out if BHRT is the right solution for you, speak with an HTCA physician today!
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